The 2013 Asian British Parliamentary has successfully been conducted in Beijing, China, from 1-8 October 2013 hosted by Beihang University. During five years of existence, ABP has proven itself as one of the major Asian tournaments to be held annually, proven by constant participation of Asian powerhouses such as NUS, IIUM, NTU and UT Mara. In the purpose of prepping up for WUDC 2014, this year’s preliminary rounds are added by half of last year’s into 9 rounds.
To gain more international recognitions, UI sent its best three teams to ABP. In Team A there was Stella (FISIP 2009) and Baim (FISIP 2012); Team B consists of Magreta (FH 2011) and Anas (FISIP 2011), meanwhile Team C consists of Nisrina (FE 2011) and Elvia (FE 2011). Along with them we also sent two N1 adjudicators: Zulfana (FIB 2012) and Fidina (FIB 2011). Aside from the official delegation, Boby (F.Psi 2009) also participated in the competition as one of the invited adjudicators.
Of such thoughtful preparation teams managed to show notable performances during the prelims. Ended up with 13 VPs, team A and B successfully broken into the knockout rounds of EFL break. Meanwhile UI C, ineligible for EFL status due to Nisrina’s experience in studying abroad for more than 18 months, still did a tremendous job for collecting 16 VPs, only several speaker points away from making it to main break.
The eliminary rounds went smoothly even though UI A had to stop in semifinal. Though unable to grab the EFL title, UI B has shown a remarkable performance by making it to Grand Final round, continuing last year’s legacy. As an additional achievement, Boby who got subsidized to participate in the tournament due to his outstanding credentials was appointed as next year’s ABP DCA in Sarawak, Malaysia. This year’s participation is a milestone for EDS UI towards more achievements in the future.
Nationwide debaters gathered, again, in Bandung to attend the 7th National Debate Competition (NDC), which is held in complementation with National Economic Seminar (NES). NDC-NES 2013 is hosted by Himpunan Mahasiswa Ekonomi Studi Pembangunan of the local powerhouse, Universitas Padjajaran. The event took place in 4 days, from October 4-7. 27 teams vied for the championship title of this BP tournament. For its 7th edition, the competition carried “Empowering Investment Through Information Technology to Achieve Economic Stability” as its theme.
This year, EDS UI is represented by one team which consists of two economics students, namely Roderick S. (FE ’09) and Rahmat N. (FE ’12). Colley W. (FISIP ’10) also attended as an invited adjudicator.
The sole team’s endeavor yielded satisfying results. UI (#1) topped the breaking teams’ list by collecting 14 victory points after undergoing 5 preliminary rounds, debating challenging motions. They also managed to pave their way up to Grand Final round, where they supported and acted as Closing Government upon the motion “TH oppose deposit insurance fund”, and went up against 3 other teams from strong institutions, which are Universitas Brawijaya and two teams originating from Universitas Gadjah Mada. Our team ended up placing second, and therefore snatching the runner-up title of the competition. Aside from the prestigious title, Roderick also took the Best Speaker title and Rahmat positioned as the 7th best speaker of the competition. On the other hand, Colley was also entrusted to adjudicate up until the semifinal rounds. Overall, we are very proud of the good fights that our team has given and hope this serves as a motivation towards betterment for all our members.