Opening the month of June, Universitas Islam Negeri Syarif Hidayatullah held a two-days, six-rounds, debate competition on International Relations. As for EDS UI, it was our opportunity to hone our new batch’s skills on debating. Thus, we sent two teams of six delegates to the competition that was held on the 3rd to 4th of June. Those delegates are Averina Edwina (Engineering, 2015), Prita Setya (Economics, 2015), and Rachel Diercie (Humanities, 2015) for EDS UI A, and Matthew Hardhi (Engineering, 2014), Irfan Fadilah (Law, 2015), and Afifah Safira (Economics, 2015) for EDS UI B.
The delegates gave their best even though they had to face ups and downs throughout the competition. After three preliminary rounds and a great amount fun, both teams broke and proceeded to the elimination rounds. Team EDS UI A broke third, while EDS UI B broke fifth, both teams earned two Victory Points. Meeting various new faces in the debating world and descendants of debating powerhouses, the two teams had to work their way up to the grand final.
Unfortunately the quarter final round was only in favor of one of our teams. While EDS UI A proceeded to next round, EDS UI B had to accept defeat. We are, nevertheless, proud of all our delegates, and they too get to cheer up as we still have a chance to bring the trophy home. EDS UI A made it to grand final where they opposed the motion with the context “European Intelligence Services have successfully foiled a terrorism plot by Jihadists who seek to infiltrate Europe through pretending to be refugees” which brought the motion “THW actively suppress the information from European public”.
However the debate resulted with the motion standing. Even so, we are still happy that EDS UI A was crowned runner-up of the competition. In addition, Rachel Diercie from EDS UI A was rewarded best speaker of the competition. Winning or not, our delegates never come home empty-handed, but always loaded with lots of new knowledge and experiences. We are confident that this experience too, can be a great learning experience for our debaters’ next competitions. So stay updated to hear the next adventures of our new batch, follow @eds_ui on twitter! #IRON2016
Wrapping up the last pages of the book of their debating life, two former EDS UI presidents made their way to NUDC Kopertis III. These amazing delegates are Gabriel Charlotte (Psychology, 2012) and Revaldi Wirabuana (Law, 2012). The two are the only ones representing EDS UI, accompanied by N1, Regina Dhamayanti (Engineering, 2014). The competition, that is the first step towards the coveted World Universities Debating Championship, was held on the 25th to the 26th of May 2016 in Universitas Kristen Indonesia and was a region-wide competition covering the Greater Jakarta area.
Debating for three British Parliamentary rounds in the preliminaries, our delegates always kept it up and consistently ranking first in all three rounds. The hardwork paid off when Gabriel and Revaldi were announced to be the first breaking team, N1, Regina, ranked 2nd, and as the cherry on top, Revaldi was crowned best speaker and his teammate, Gabriel, quickly followed, as co-2nd best speaker.
EDS UI pride filled the room as the delegates smoothly made their way to the grand final and the dynamic duo ranked first in both quarter and semi finals. The strive continued in the grand final as the former high school debate stars debated upon the motion THBT Indonesia should revoke TAP MPRS XXV/1966 as closing government.
Debating by their hearts, the two performed their best. After a heated grand final debate, the delegates got ranked second. Emerging as runner-up, the two gave us nothing but joy. We can’t wait to see their next performance! Join our excitement by following @eds_ui on twitter! #NUDCIII2016