Indonesia Varsity English Debate, the oldest debating championship in Indonesia is coming back home to the first place it was held in 1998, Universitas Indonesia. Bringing up “Challenging Youth in Public Discourse” as the theme , EDS UI as the host would like to blow up the historical spirit of 1998 Reformation of Indonesia that has triggered free speech and public discussion, which also has inspired the establishment of EDS UI as the oldest and the pioneer of debating society in Indonesia.
52 teams from various universities in indonesia will be competing on this 18th IVED. They will be competing to present their best arguments to win the prestigious national trophy on 3on3 Australs-Parliamentary-Format Debate. “We will be debating on emerging both national and international issues. We’ll make sure we provide the participants with challenging motions”, said Albert Santoso (UI, 2010) the Chief Adjudicator. Accompanied by Fauzan Reza Maulana (ITB), Kario Teguh Chandra (Atma Jaya Jakarta), and Indriani Pratiwi (UGM), Albert will be conducting IVED until February 1st.
The Opening Ceremony will be conducted today (26/1) in Auditorium Djokosoetono, Faculty of Law. “It will be officially opened by the Rector of UI, Prof. Dr. Muhammd Anis, M.Met” , Magreta Kailla Adenta (UI, 2011), the Project Officer confirmed to us. Besides the Rector, Arman Nefi, S.H, M.M (Head of Students’ Affairs of UI), Mr. Yugo Kartono I. (Kepala Bidang Penalaran) and one of the founders of EDS UI, who is also currently the adviser of the UKM, Rully Manurung, Ph.D have also confirmed their attendance.
“It is an honor for us to bring IVED back home after 18 years”, Gabriel Charlotte Wajong (UI, 2012), President of EDS UI, warmly welcomed the 156 brilliant debaters in Kampus UI Depok.
For live updates on the competition, follow us on @eds_ui and @ivedui2015. We also invite you to come to the venue to see how the brilliant minds of Indonesian Youth are challenged in public discourse.
January 4th marks the end of the most prestigious international competition in the world. Hosted in Malaysia, World Universities Debating Championship attracted 370 teams from various continents in 9 exciting preliminary rounds. Appreciation is extended to Universiti Teknologi Mara as the successful host from December 28th 2014 to January 4th 2015. EDS UI has been very proud to have these brilliant people as our delegation, namely Boby Andika Ruitang & Roderick Jonathan Martua Sibaranie (UI A); Aulia Anggita Larasati & Dennys Victor Kapa (UI B) ; Magreta Kailla Adenta & Terry Muthahhari (UI C) and Imam Taufiq Ramadhan & Ratna Suryani Gandana (N-1 Adjudicators).
EDS UI, represented by Boby Andika Ruitang (Psychology 2009) & Roderick Jonathan Martua Sibaranie (Economics, 2009) has broken a new record by being the first Indonesian team reaching the Grand Final round of ESL WUDC 2015. Unfortunately, we fell short from winning and ranked 2nd after Chinese University of Hong Kong who snatched the Champion title. The final round commenced in Kuala Lumpur on January 3rd 2015 discussing about whether liberal democracies that overthrow the governments of other states should impose power sharing, even when this severely overrides or delays democratic representation.
Besides reaching the Grand Final, Boby & Roderick (UI A) also become the Indonesian team with highest speakers’ score of 1391, though they broke #4 in ESL category. The other team, UI C, Terry Muthahhari (Social & Political Sciences, 2011) and Magreta Kailla Adenta (Law, 2011) successfully broke #1 in EFL category. However, their fights had to end in semi-final round, only a step away from retaining the EFL Champion title for Indonesia.
UI debaters also show their brilliant performances in individual tabulation among 740 of other world-class debaters. In ESL category, Boby stands on #16, Dennys Victor Kapa (Social and Political Sciences, 2010) ranked #53 and his teammate in UI B, Aulia Anggita Larasati (Social and Political Sciences, 2010) ranked #116. In EFL category, Roderick ranked #6, while Magreta ranked #13 and Terry stands on #19. As well as our N-1 Adjudicators, Ratna Suryani Gandana (Nursing, 2013) and Imam Taufiq Ramadhan (Engineering, 2013) who both started as panels and have been happily adjudicating for 9 preliminary rounds. They came home with new experiences and knowledge to share that somehow more valuable than just a trophy.
For those who miss the performances of UI during WUDC 2015, the committee has provided you the recordings on MalaysianDebatersTV channel in youtube. All and all, this has been more than just a good news to open a new year 2015. EDS UI is very grateful for have given fine performances in representing Indonesia during this year’s WUDC. After having UI A as the first, we do hope to have upcoming second, third and other Indonesian teams (especially those from EDS UI) reaching the Grand Finals in World’s Stages, and attain the championship title.