Palembang-based Politeknik Negeri Sriwijaya plans to host the main competition of the 2013 National University Debating Championship from August 25 to 31, according to the school's website. Debaters have waited for this information for some time after the education ministry moved the national round from the scheduled June slot without much clarity on the details of the annual event. Regional selections finished in May and 96 pairs are ready to fight for the crown.
While Polsri has limited record in hosting, or excelling, in top-level national varsity debating tournaments, it is prominent among polytechnic schools. It hosted the national event for polytechnic debaters called NPEDC in 2011. Nonetheless, running a tournament with more than 300 debaters and adjudicators is a Herculean task for any school, especially with such short preparation time. It will be the first time for a college on Sumatra island to organize a major national championship since Universitas Sumatera Utara hosted IVED a decade ago.
The confirmed dates coincide with Universitas Indonesia's annual Just For Fun debate, which usually attracts a lot of good debaters (and potential NUDC adjudicators) who look for extraordinary, humorous topics.