For the fifth time in as many years, two Indonesian teams will meet in the final of the United Asian Debating Championship's English-as-Foreign-Language category. #1EFL Universitas Gadjah Mada 2 (Erwina Salsabila, Nabila Aghniarizqa, Romario Tambunan) tomorrow will face #7EFL Universitas Atma Jaya 1 (Cindy Fransisca, Kario Teguh, Silvya Suwandy) who defeated the last non-Indonesian team standing #3EFL Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. The 5th UADC will have the tournament's fifth Indonesian EFL champion.
While the Indonesian streak in the EFL division of UADC is a proud achievement, success in the open category has been elusive. No Indonesian team has managed to sail into the main knockouts of the current form of Asia's top debate competition, which only started in 2010. UGM 2, the best performing Indonesian team in the prelims of UADC 2014, came out as #30 when only 24 teams could advance. Several Indonesian teams broke into the main elimination rounds of previous forms before 2010.