Thursday, May 30, 2013

NUDC 2013: USU Leads Medan Domination in Region 1

Universitas Sumatera Utara (Elsyam Maulana & Frederick Samuel) won the Region 1 selection for the 2013 National Universities Debating Championships after defeating Politeknik Negeri Medan, Politeknik Unggul LP3M and STIE Institute of Trade and Business in an all-Medan final. Four other schools also earned tickets to go to the nationals next month after they reached the semifinals. Three of them - Universitas Negeri Medan, Universitas Darma Agung and Universitas Muhammadiyah Sumatera Utara - also come from the North Sumatra provincial capital. Universitas Syiah Kuala from Banda Aceh became the only non-Medan team that made the cut from Region 1, which covers North Sumatra and Aceh provinces.    

UADC 2013: ITB Triumphant in All-Bandung EFL Final

ITB 1 - Arifian Adin, Alris Alfharisi, Vicario Reinaldo
#1EFL Institut Teknologi Bandung 1 (Alris Alfharisi, M. Arifian Adin, Vicario Reinaldo) championed the English-as-Foreign Language category of the 2013 United Asian Debating Championships in Manila last night to match the achievement of their seniors three years ago in the 1st UADC. They defeated  #3EFL Universitas Parahyangan 1 (Ignatius Ivan, Josefhine Chitra, Revian Wirabuana) in what was not only the fourth consecutive all-Indonesian UADC EFL final but also the first time all teams in a major international final came from the city of Bandung.  

ITB 1 successfully knocked down the motion "This House Would Abolish Welfare Services for the Poor and Give Them the Equivalent in Cash Instead" although Unpar freshman Revian Wirabuana gave the best speech in that match. Both teams collected 4 wins and 4 losses in the preliminary stage. No Indonesian team managed to break into the main knockouts that had 16 teams from only 3 countries - Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines.

UADC 2013: UPD Best NUS in a Repeat of 2011 Final

University of the Philippines - Diliman campus
University of the Philippines - Diliman's Carlo Borromeo settled a score with National University of Singapore's Imran Rahim by defeating the latter's team in the final of the 2013 United Asian Debating Championships. In the penultimate debate of UADC 2011, he and his previous partners bowed to a NUS squad, which also had Imran as a member.

Last night, the proposal from #3 UPD 1 (Carlo Borromeo, Jesus Falcis, Valerie Inting) to ban inheritance withstood the challenge from #1 NUS 1 (Imran Rahim, Kelvin Chong, Xiao Hongyu), the only unbeaten team in the prelims. That victory gave UPD its first UADC trophy. Imran did not come home empty as he earned the overall best speaker title, the same honour  he got in the 2011 edition.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

JOVED 2013: Prepared Motions

Three rounds in the 2013 Java Overland Varsities English Debate, which is slated for June 28-July 2, will employ prepared motions. The adjudication core revealed them yesterday. Here they are:

International Relations
THBT United States should not offer military equipment to Uzbekistan in exchange for safe passage of their own military equipment home from Afghanistan
THBT the West should arm and recognise the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces as the legitimate government of Syria
THBT United Nations General Assembly should move from one-state-one-vote system to population-based voting 

TH supports online sales tax
THW ban life settlement industry
THBT the world will be better off without the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)

TH regrets the 2005 Helsinki Memorandum of Understanding
THW rotate the position of Minister of Religious Affairs amongst the officially acknowledged religions
THW oblige political parties to set a wealth cap in recruiting members

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

NUDC 2013: Jember Pulls Off Upset, Wins E. Java Regionals

Underdog Universitas Jember (Bahram Naderil & Meilia Shofi Khasanah) pulled off an upset against hot favourites Universitas Brawijaya (Rizki Oceano & Aditya Janu) in the final of the 2013 National Universities Debating Championships regional selection for East Java. The other teams that they defeated in that match were Universitas Airlangga and Universitas Negeri Surabaya. Besides these four schools, Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang, Politeknik Negeri Malang, Universitas Surabaya and Universitas Widya Mandala are also eligible to advance to the national rounds next month.

UADC 2013: Indonesian Presence Guaranteed in EFL Final

Indonesia will be represented in the final of the 2013 United Asian Debating Championship's English-as-Foreign-Language category after two Indonesian teams defeated their opponents in the pre-semifinals. #3EFL Universitas Parahyangan 1 (Josefhine Chitra, Ignatius Ivan, Revian Wirabuana) defeated #6EFL International Christian University 1 from Japan while #4EFL Binus University 1 (Cassandra Etania Liem, Kathrin Rivera, Kelvin Wongso) eliminated #5EFL China Agricultural University 1.

#1 Institut Teknologi Bandung, which did not have to go through the pre-semi, will be Binus 1's next opponent, guaranteeing Indonesia a spot in the final. In the other semifinal, Unpar 1 will face #2EFL ICU 2 in an effort to create a fourth straight all-Indonesian final in UADC's EFL category.  

Monday, May 27, 2013

NUDC 2013: Binus Streak in Greater Jakarta Regionals Continues

Teams from the Binus University group won the past two Greater Jakarta regional selections before they both eventually claimed the national BP debating title. The 2013 team (Invi Atmanegara & Jaran Walia) continued the first part of the streak today, overcoming challenge from Universitas Indonesia (Egalita Irfan & Roderick Sibarani) in the final.

Binus International Pool of English Debaters (Bipeds) and Bina Nusantara English Club (BNEC) take turns in representing Binus in the National Universities Debating Championships. It is Bipeds time this year. The Binus-UI rivalry is expected to continue in the nationals next month.     

The two other teams in the Region 3 final were dark horse Institut Pertanian Bogor and Universitas Pelita Harapan, a school that failed to reach the semifinals last year. Besides the four colleges, semifinalists Universitas Atma Jaya, Universitas Bakrie, Universitas Paramadina and Universitas Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa are also eligible to proceed to the big debate.

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.

UADC 2013: NUS Debaters Top Break List for a Hat-Trick

An undefeated team from regional powerhouse National University of Singapore broke first into the knockouts of the 2013 United Asian Debating Championships in Manila, matching the school's accomplishments in the past two editions of this competition. NUS won the trophy in 2011 but crashed in the semifinals last year.  All three tab-topping NUS teams, including the current one, had star debater Imran Rahim. All of the 16 qualifying teams this year come from either Singapore, Malaysia or the Philippines.  The break list is as follows:

1. National University of Singapore 1 (SIN)
2. Ateneo de Manila University 1 (PHL)
3. University of the Philippines Diliman 1 (PHL)
4. International Islamic University 2 (MAL)
5. University of the Philippines Manila 1 (PHL)
6. Nanyang Technological University2 (SIN)
7. Universiti Teknologi Mara 1 (MAL)
8. National University of Singapore 3 (SIN)
9. National University of Singapore 2 (SIN)
10. Ateneo de Manila University 3 (PHL)
11. University of Santo Tomas 1 (PHL)
12. Xavier University 1 (PHL)
13. Universiti Teknologi Mara 2 (MAL)
14. Nanyang Technological University 1 (SIN)
15. De La Salle University 1 (PHL)
16. International Islamic University 1 (MAL) 

UADC 2013: 3 Indonesian Teams Advance to EFL Knockouts, None to Main

Three Indonesian teams are still standing in the 2013 United Asian Debating Championships. While none of them broke into the main knockouts, they managed to qualify for the secondary English-as-Foreign Language category that Indonesian teams have championed since the 1st UADC in 2010. Seven squads from Indonesia are among the 81 competing in Asia's most prestigious 3-on-3 debate competition that is taking place in Manila.

Institut Teknologi Bandung 1 broke first for the EFL eliminations, Universitas Parahyangan 1 third while Binus University 1 immediately followed at fourth. This year's organisers first decided only 4 teams could advance into the EFL semifinals but later they expanded the break, allowing two other teams to join the pre-semifinal showdown. Unpar and Binus need to win another match now to reach the semi. Last year's EFL champion, Binus International, failed to make the cut.

EFL Break (main rank/W-L record)
1. Institut Teknologi Bandung 1 (#40/4-4)
2. International Christian University 2 (#46/4-4)
3. Universitas Parahyangan 1 (#50/4-4)
4. Binus University 1 (#51/4-4)
5. China Agricultural University 1 (#52/4-4)
6. International Christian University 1 (#54/3-5)

Pre-Semifinal Match-Up
#3 Universitas Parahyangan v #6 International Christian University 1 (JPN)
#4 Binus University v #5 China Agricultural University 1 (KOR)

Friday, May 24, 2013

NUDC 2013: Teknokrat Rule in Sumatra's Region II Stays

STBA Teknokrat (Niko Ginanto & Hari Saputra) continued the foreign language school's reign after topping the 2013 National Universities Debating Championship selection for Region II that covers the provinces of South Sumatra, Lampung, Bengkulu and Bangka-Belitung. In the final, the duo defeated state schools  Universitas Lampung, Universitas Sriwijaya and Universitas Bengkulu. Teknokrat won the title last year.

All four are eligible to advance to the national rounds next week. Besides them, semifinalists STIE Musi Palembang, Politeknik Sriwijaya, Universitas Islam OKI and Universitas Bandar Lampung also qualify for the big event. 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

WUDC 2014: 19 Indonesian Institutions Among 477 Registered

The 2014 World Universities Debating Championships in Chennai would have a record-breaking number of Indonesian participants if all of the 19 institutions that registered earlier this week could each get at least one team slot. If all of their requests are granted, Indonesia would have 31 teams. This, however, is quitw impossible as the team cap is 384 with a maximum extension of 400. At the close of registration, 477 institutions from 78 countries requested slots for 905 teams. The organisers now have the unenviable task of sorting them out.  They like to give a slot for each registered institution but this can be tricky with these numbers. For the scheme on how they will conduct the sorting, click here for WUDC 2014 registration policy.

The 19 Indonesian institutions that registered and their requests are as follows:
  1. Binus International (3 teams)
  2. Binus University (2 teams)
  3. Institut Pertanian Bogor (1 team)
  4. Institut Teknologi Bandung (3 teams)
  5. STBA Teknokrat (1 team)
  6. Universitas Atma Jaya (1 team)
  7. Universitas Bina Dharma (1 team)
  8. Universitas Brawijaya (1 team)
  9. Universitas Diponegoro (1 team)
  10. Universitas Gadjah Mada (2 teams)
  11. Universitas Indonesia (3 teams)
  12. Universitas Lampung (1 team)
  13. Universitas Musamus (1 team)
  14. Universitas Negeri Padang (2 teams)
  15. Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta (2 teams)
  16. Universitas Padjadjaran (3 teams)
  17. Universitas Parahyangan (1 team)
  18. Universitas Pelita Harapan (1 team)
  19. Universitas Sriwijaya (1 team)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

NUDC 2013: Yogyakarta Region Title Goes to UGM Again

Universitas Gadjah Mada (Amir Abdul Aziz & Nabila Aghniarizqa) proved to be the king of Yogyakarta debating again after winning the Region VII selection of the 2013 National Universities Debating Championships for the third time in a row. In the final, they outclassed cross-town opponents Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta, Universitas Ahmad Dahlan and Universitas Sanata Dharma.

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. Besides the 4 schools above, Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta, Universitas Islam Indonesia, Sekolah Tinggi Bahasa Asing LIA and Institut Seni Indonesia Yogyakarta will also go to the nationals representing the small but university-packed region.

Atma Jaya IV 2013: Key Results

Terry Muthohhari (UI A) delivering his winning speech at Atma Jaya IV
Champions: #2 Universitas Indonesia A (Roderick Sibarani & Terry Muthohhari)
Finalists: #1 Binus International (Invi Atmanegara & Jaran Walia), #4 Universitas Indonesia B (Elvia Sumayastra & Revaldi Wirabuana), #7 Universitas Gadjah Mada B (Indriani Pratiwi & Muhammad Fidhzariyan)

Top 10 Speakers
1. Roderick Sibarani (Universitas Indonesia A)
2. Invi Atmanegara (Binus International A)
3. Revaldi Wirabuana (Universitas Indonesia B)
4. Jaran Walia (Binus International A)
5. Indriani Pratiwi (Universitas Gadjah Mada B)
6. Elvia Sumayastra (Universitas Indonesia B)
6. Terry Muthohhari (Universitas Indonesia A)
8. Muhammad Fidhzariyan (Universitas Gadjah Mada B)
9. Devris Wijaya (Universitas Parahyangan A)
10. Aditya Janu (Universitas Brawijaya A)

Monday, May 20, 2013

UI Debaters Rise and Dominate at Inaugural Atma Java IV

#2 Universitas Indonesia A (Roderick Sibarani & Terry Muthohhari) won the inaugural Atma Jaya Intervarsity after defeating #1 Binus International (Invi Atmanegara & Jaran Walia), #7 Universitas Gadjah Mada B (Indriani Pratiwi & Muhammad Fidhzariyan) and schoolmates #4 UI B (Elvia Sumayastra & Revaldi Wirabuana) in the final. Roderick Sibarani also took home the best speaker award while the three other UI final debaters earned places in the top 10 list. UI's third team made it all the way to the semifinals.

Powerhouse UI had come short from winning a sizable, non-novice tournament this year. UI teams had reached the finals or semis of several major competitions but failed to close. The victory at Atma Jaya showed UI could still "rise and dominate", which is the tournament's motto, in a tough competition. Before this, UI teams won two small theme-based competitions this year and the 2013 National Newbies Debating Championships last week.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

English Fiesta 2013: Brawijaya Debaters Sweep Trophy, Speaker Award

Universitas Brawijaya A - M.Fahri Akbar, Renny Fitria, Nadya Ayuning
#2 Universitas Brawijaya A (Renny Fitria, Nadya Ayuning, Muhammad Fahri Akbar) defeated #1 Universitas Indonesia (Aisyah Maharani, Ibrahim Panji Indra, Rachmat Nugraha) in the final of the 2013 English Fiesta to give their school its first trophy this year. Brawijaya teams had reached the finals of recent competitions but could not clinch until this victory.

The winners' schoolmate Zelly Sidi Zamzami capped the Brawijaya haul by winning the best speaker award in this Malang-based 3-on-3 tournament.

Most of the 18 participating teams came from East Java province but there were also teams from powerhouses UI Depok and Universitas Gadjah Mada Yogyakarta, earning the tournament a nationwide label. All the members of the UI team might be freshmen but they were undefeated until the final.   

Atma Jaya IV 2013: 3 Bipeds, 3 UI Teams Flood Break List

Powerhouses Binus International and Universitas Indonesia have 3 teams each in the knockouts of the inaugural Atma Jaya Intervarsities after 5 preliminary rounds. Twelve teams are eligible to proceed, 8 of them need to battle it out in the pre-semifinals today before meeting the the top 4 tomorrow. Here is the break list.

1. Binus International A
2. Universitas Indonesia A
3. Universitas Brawijaya A
4. Universitas Indonesia B
5. Universitas Atma Jaya A
6. Universitas Paramadina A
7. Universitas Gadjah Mada B
8. Binus International B
9. Binus International C
10. Universitas Indonesia C
11. Universitas Gadjah Mada A
12. Universitas Parahyangan A

Saturday, May 18, 2013

NUDC 2013: STIKES Bali Champions Region VIII

Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Kesehatan Bali, the host of last year's nationals, won the 2013 National Universities Debating Championship selection for Region VIII, which covers the provinces of Bali, West Nusa Tenggara and East Nusa Tenggara or known as the Lesser Sunda islands. In the final, STIKES Bali (Ida Rastiti & Rosa Tri Anggaraeni) defeated Universitas Udayana, Universitas Pendidikan Ganesha, both also from Bali island, and Universitas Mataram, which is located on neighbouring isle Lombok. All of them are eligible to proceed to the national round next month.

English Fiesta 2013: Unbeaten UI Freshmen Break First

An all-freshmen Universitas Indonesia squad (Aisyah Maharani, Ibrahim Panji Indra, Rachmat Nugraha) broke first in the 2013 English Fiesta at Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang above more senior teams from Universitas Gadjah Mada and Universitas Brawijaya. They won all of the four preliminary rounds today. Knockouts of this 3-on-3 tournament will take place tomorrow. The break list is as follows:

1. Universitas Indonesia
2. Formasi Universitas Brawijaya A
3. Universitas Gadjah Mada
4. Formasi Universitas Brawijaya B
5. Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang A
6. STID Al-Hadid A
7. AEC Universitas Brawijaya B
8. AEC Universitas Brawijaya A

Thursday, May 16, 2013

NUDC 2013: Underdog UKSW Tops C. Java, Fave ITB Takes W. Java

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.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

NUDC 2013: Regional Selections Kick Off This Week

Regional selections for the 2013 National Universities Debating Championship have started this week in a number of regions, including in West Java (Region IV) from where two finalist teams of last year's edition came. The others are Region VI (Central Java), VIII (Lesser Sunda), XII (East Indonesia). Remaining regions will conduct theirs later this month. Unfortunately, the ministry has not announced exactly where and when the nationals would take place next month.

The division of the regions continues to follow the Kopertis system, which is the way private Indonesian universities are regionally monitored. Each of the 12 regions will send the best 8 teams to the nationals, which will have 96 squads -- 192 debaters and 96 N1 adjudicators. Teams that pass the regionals cannot make substitutions for the nationals. Three best teams in the national final and the top team on the tab will receive funding to go to the 2014 World Universities Debating Championships in Chennai.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

NNDC 2013: Key Results

UI A - Dio Vio Alfath & Tanita Rahmani
Champions: #8 Universitas Indonesia A (Dio Vio Alfath & Tanita Rahmani)

Finalists: #1 Universitas Gadjah Mada B (Mariette Wahyuningsih & Sufi Adenda), #6 Universitas Paramadina (Putu Lumina Mentari & Retno Dewati), #7 Universitas Diponegoro (Rafinata Fasihani & Temi Chintia Risva)

Top 10 Speakers
1. Sufi Adenda (Universitas Gadjah Mada B)
2. Mariette Wahyuningsih (Universitas Gadjah Mada B)
3. Tethy Cahyati (Universitas Sanata Dharma A)
3. Siska Nurmayasari (Universitas Brawijaya B)
5. Asep Suryana (Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta B)
6. Retno Dewati (Universitas Paramadina)
7. Tanita Rahmani (Universitas Indonesia A)
7. Bayu Hadi Siswoyo (Universitas Brawijaya A)
7. Haris Apriyanto (Universitas Brawijaya A)
7. Alexander Kaparang (Universitas Sanata Dharma A)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

UI Debaters Sweep Awards at Dinar Islamic Econ Debate

Six debaters from Universitas Indonesia went to the 2013 Dinar debate at STEI Tazkia Bogor and all reached the penultimate match. In the all-UI final, EDS UI (Badai Yuda, Ibrahim Panji, Patty Regina) defeated schoolmates UI (Andrearto Saleh, Opi Aristya, Rio Trimono) to champion the tournament that had a Islamic economics theme. Besides the two top team awards, the UI debaters also flooded the high end of the speaker tab. UI freshman Badai Yuda and his team mate Patty Regina bagged the best speaker title.

This is the second trophy for UI this year from a small theme-based contest - the first one came from the PetroGas Day debate. Like PGD, Dinar only had less than 10 teams. The final was actually conducted on Saturday but organisers only announced the results today. On Sunday, UI also won the 2013 National Newbie Debating Competition, a sizable tournament but exclusively for novices. Powerhouse UI has come short from winning a major competition so far in 2013.