Welcoming the month of November, English Debating Society Universitas Indonesia (EDS UI) flew to Yogyakarta to take part in, yet another, national British Parliamentary debating competition. Gadjah Mada Debating Tournament (GMDT) was a competition held on the 5th to 6th November 2016 where we sent four teams of committed delegates, half of them were to experience their first British Parliamentary debating tournament. The two-days competition consisted of four preliminary rounds and three eliminations.
The teams we sent this time comprise of Rachel Diercie (Humanities, 2015) and Yunindita Prasidya (Social and Political Sciences, 2015) for UI 1, Denny Adiputra (Law, 2015) and Averina Edwina (Engineering, 2015) for UI 2, Adfikri Kevin Marvel (Social and Political Sciences, 2014) and Syifa Fajriani (Social and Political Sciences, 2014) for UI 3, and last but certainly not least, Naufal Adam (Economics, 2014) and Muhammad Lolo (Law, 2014) debated for UI 4.
Facing challenging motions, the teams gave their best in the preliminary rounds. The hard-work pays off as all four teams broke into the quarter-finals with the standing of 10th, 11th, 14th, and 15th for UI 1, UI 2, UI 3, and UI 4 respectively, leaving them facing one of their own in two separate rooms. After a heated debate, it was UI 2 that was declared a semi-finalist. Unfortunately for the rest, the journey ended a tad earlier. However, it was not least a joy to have a part of their delegation debating on their behalf in the exciting semi-finals.
Eventually, UI 2 too, had to fall short from proceeding to the grand-final. It was nevertheless a thrilling experience and a great way to jump start an even more exciting debating life in the opportunities ahead. We congratulate the delegates for their amazing showcase of hard-work and wish them good luck for the awaiting endeavors! As usual, it’s never too late to follow us on twitter @eds_ui and add us on LINE @yiu7536f to embark in the EDS UI experience!