Stepping Up

After what probably feels like a lifetime of debating, Gabriel Charlotte (Psychology, 2012) and Revaldi Wirabuana (Law, 2012), made their way to National Universities Debating Championship 2016. Held in Universitas Mercu Buana Jakarta, the competition that lasts from the 31st of July to the 4th of August brought together the cream of the cream of Indonesia’s debating. In this seven-preliminary-rounds British Parliamentary competition, the two debaters are accompanied by N1, Regina Dhamayanti (Engineering, 2014).

Hoping to open the gateway to the coveted World Universities Debating Championship, debating societies, and not to mention, powerhouses from all around Indonesia fought their way up the ranks. Battling the preliminary rounds, Gabriel and Revaldi were determined to sweep off the challenging motions and teams. Finally, after four days, seven rounds, and facing a lineup of top teams, EDS UI emerged as the third breaking team in NUDC 2016. N1, Regina also celebrated as she made the breaking adjudicator list.

The story does not end there, EDS UI still had to face the elimination rounds and heat up many more debates. After three more rounds of sweats and tears, their hard work and full on determination took them to grand final of NUDC 2016, securing a trophy and a spot in World Universities Debating Championship. Filled with joy and passion, Gabriel and Revaldi debated upon the motion “THBT separatist movements in Eastern Indonesia (e.g. Republik Maluku Selatan, Organisasi Papua Merdeka, Gerakan Sulawesi Merdeka) should unite, take up arms, and conduct a violent revolution to secede from the Republic of Indonesia.

The journey resulted in victory. The dynamic duo championed and crowned co-4th best speakers of NUDC Jakarta 2016. The runner-up of NUDC Kopertis III has stepped up the ladder to become the champion of National Universities Debating Championship 2016. We can’t wait for their next move in WUDC 2016! Join our enthusiasm by following @eds_ui on twitter and adding our brand new Official LINE Account by clicking or simply search for @yiu7536f #NUDC2016

Facing the Legends

From the 18th to the 19th of June, the long-awaited Atma Open was held. Joining the excitement, EDS UI sent three teams to the British Parliamentary debate competition that was held in Universitas Atma Jaya Jakarta. This time, it’s not just any team that we sent but we exclusively reserved the opportunity for our newest batch. These fantastic go-getters are Mathew Hardhi (Engineering, 2014) and Adfikri Kevin Marvel (Social and Political Science, 2014) for UI A, Mendra Roberto (Economics, 2015) and Zahrana Nadifa (Social and Political Science, 2014) for UI B, and Annisa Utami (Humanities, 2014) and Farah Shilla (Psychology, 2015) for UI C.

The competition consisted of four challenging preliminary rounds where the newbies came face to face with reigning champions and debate legends, including many EDS UI front-runners and alumni. The delegates have worked incredibly hard to survive the competition, unfortunately, this is not yet their time to shine. The journey must end early for the six tenacious delegates as they fell short from breaking.

The teams might not have won a trophy but they went home bearing many from what they have learned during the training and, of course, during their head-to-head battles with all the debate superstars. With this new experience we hope our new batch can continue honing their debating skills and be ready for the next competition! Are you also excited for another competition? EDS UI’s annual Trifecta is coming soon, keep an eye for it by following us on twitter @eds_ui #AtmaOpen 2016!