Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana, a school that has been involved in competitive debating since 1998 but without notable record, finally made a mark by championing the Central Java qualifier for the 2013 National University Debating Championship. In West Java, powerhouse Institut Teknologi Bandung, the 2009 national champion, reclaimed regional glory.
In the Central Java final, UKSW (Katherine Soekias & Rio Giovano) bested Universitas Diponegoro, the 2010 national champion and the usual winner of Region VI, Universitas Negeri Semarang and Universitas Negeri Sebelas Maret Solo in a debate on China. In West Java, ITB (Fauzan Reza Maulana & Vicario Reinaldo), the duo who won the Asian English Olympics last February, won the Region IV crown after beating Universitas Padjadjaran, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia and Politeknik Telkom. Last year, ITB lost the title to Universitas Parahyangan which had to forego this year's edition due to conflict with exams.
The division of the regions follows the Kopertis system, which is the way private Indonesian universities are regionally monitored. Each of the 12 regions can send the best 8 teams to the nationals, which will have 96 squads -- 192 debaters and 96 N1 adjudicators. All schools that reach the regional semifinals are eligible to advance to the main championship next month.