Saturday, March 7, 2009

another death in NTU

The Straits Times, AsiaOne

NTU staff found hanged

AN NTU infocomm project officer was found hanged at a staff apartment at the university's Boon Lay campus on late on Friday.

Zhou Zheng, a 24-year-old staff member of the Division of Information at the School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE) was found hanging in the balcony in his apartment at Block 101C Nanyang Heights where staff and graduate students reside.

Police said they received a call at around 10.30pm last night and when they arrived, the body had been brought down to the floor.

An NTU spokesperson said the university's support systems have swung into action to ensure that those who found the body are not traumatised, reported a local radio network.

Professional counsellors and senior university officers were immediately on site to offer support, help and counsel where needed. The man's next-of-kin has also been notified, according to a press statement released by NTU.

According to a statement released by NTU on Saturday, the late Mr Zhou Zheng, 24, from Hubei, China, graduated with a 2nd Class Upper Honours from NTU Electrical and Electronic Engineering in July last year.

He started work with a company upon graduation, but was laid off after two months.

He then joined NTU as a Project Officer on March 2 this year.

Said NTU's President, Dr Su Guaning: "All of us are deeply saddened by the loss. The Board of Trustees, management, the NTU community and I offer our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family."

This is the second death reported in NTU this week.

On Monday, Indonesian final-year student, David Hartanto Widjaja, 21, stabbed his professor before taking his own life soon after.

Widjaja, an Asean scholar also from EEE, had his scholarship revoked because he had not been performing well academically.
This island getting more interesting every day.

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