The English Debating Team of Indonesia Open University (UT) has once again performed well after successfully securing its place as one of the 8 best teams in the Colleges and Universities Region III (Kopertis III) and advancing to the national level this year. The competition, called National University Debating Championship (NUDC) for the Colleges and Universities Region III (Kopertis III), was held at University of Mercubuana, July 30 – August 1, 2018.
The team consist of Arief Darmawan Suwardi (Debater), Zahro Fathoni (Debater) and Poetry S. (Adjudicator). They even surprised others as they ranked 4th in the elimination stage. More importantly, the elimination round was followed by 67 teams from all over Jabodetabek and Banten areas.
During the elimination, UT team earned 7 winning points after receiving standing 1 in round 1, standing 2 in round 2 and standing 2 in round 3. In the round of 16, UT team earned standing 2 under Unika Atmajaya, and entered the semifinal.
The Private Colleges and Universities Coordination Region III (Kopertis III) is the most competitive one for the national qualifying stage since there are a number of teams, which frequently win NUDC national championship. Nonetheless, UT team successfully advanced to the semifinal round together with other strong teams, such as UI, UPH, Atmajaya, IPB, UNJ, Untirta, and University of Bina Nusantara.
“NUDC for this region is a highly competitive debating competition due to the numerous number and the quality of the participants taking part and competing” said Dora Angelina, the chairperson of the committee in her closing speech.
“This is a very valuable and enjoyable experience” said Poetry S., who joined the UT debating team for the first time. The college of law’s student was selected as the adjudicator at the university level, along with two strong debaters, Arief and Zahro.
“We will put all our efforts even harder in Malang. Hopefully we will get a better rank this year at the national level”, Arief stated. His teammate, Zahro, who also joined the team for the first time this year, looked very enthusiastically while agreeing his senior’s statement.
During the training, the team will get the inputs and training peers, Azizah (Adjudicator 2017) and Ade (debater 2017), accompanied by Yudi Efendi MA, and Agus Riyanto, M.Ed. of the Department of English Literature, FHISIP UT. (ARiyanto)