Nurjihan Kansa Zalsabillah, a Study Programme of English Literature student, and Zarah Nabilla Ramadhani, a Study Programme of Japanese Literature student, Faculty of Cultural Studies (FCS) Universitas Brawijaya (UB) class of 2019, won third place as a team in the internal debate championship at the University of Brawijaya Debate Championship (UBDC) which was held on Saturday (5/21/2022).

UBDC is a debate competition event that aims to select delegates to be sent to regional level championships, National University Debate Championship (NUDC), and the Indonesian Student Debate Competition (KDMI). UBDC was attended by students from various faculties. Later, the first and second-place winners will be selected as representatives of the Region 7 Higher Education Service Institution (LLDIKTI 7). The competition was held online while the award acceptance event was held offline at the Rectorate Building on Saturday (6/11/2022).

Nurjihan admitted that she had been pursuing a passion for debate since she was in high school. When she enrolled in college, Nurjihan joined the Student Activity Unit (UKM) FORMASI English Debate Society (FEDS) to hone her skills. FORMASI stands for Forum Mahasiswa Studi Bahasa Inggris or the English Study Student Forum, a student activity that focuses on activities related to the English language such as story-telling, debates in English, and others.

Nurjihan’s teammate, Zarah, said that she only joined the FORMASI UKM to hone her debating skills. Both of them admitted that they did not exclusively do any practice in advance for this championship.

“We’ve often practiced on other days, or during other competitions, and since this is the third time I’ve teamed up with Jihan, we already trust each other,” said Zarah.

The UBDC Championships were tight. They said that the debate motion obtained was quite difficult. Examples of motions were the International Relationship and the EU’s Carbon Border Tax. On the other hand, one of them said that she was happy because she saw many juniors who had good debate performances. She is glad about UB’s future in the debate championship. [rfh/dts/msh/PR FCS]