Varsity in Taiwan sets up scholarship fund named after Irene Chung to remember her


SIBU: Chang Jung Christian University (CJCU) in Taiwan has set up a scholarship fund named after Irene Chung including designating Oct 28 as Campus Safety Day to remember her.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday (Nov 23), CJCU International consultant Datuk Thomas Tieng said CJCU is also planning to name a boulevard on campus after her and install a metal sculpture of her likeness.

"Chung's friends have also gifted a goldcrest cypress sapling to CJCU as a symbol of steadfast friendship. They hope that the tree would grow on the campus to keep the students and faculty company," he said.

Tieng said that the loss of Chung has been an unbearable sadness for the students and faculty at CJCU.

However, in the midst of tragedy, CJCU hopes it will be an impetus for the varsity, government, and community to create a safety net to ensure and maintain a secure environment for all.

He said that the university will continue to be vociferous on behalf of the students and faculty on the issue.

Meanwhile, CJCU has appointed Taiwan Bar Association president Lin Ruey-Cheng to handle legal matters.

In light of the situation, the dean of student affairs, the dean of general affairs and the Military Training Office director had announced their resignation in order to take responsibility for campus security.

"The president of CJCU has also requested the board to recommend reprimand. CJCU has held several meetings with the Tainan City government, local police, and community leaders to discuss improvements to safety measures," he added.

Among the steps taken to reinforce security are the creation of an AI (Artificial Intelligence) for a safer centre, formation of a night patrol team, improvement of the security equipment of the campus and its environment, strengthening lateral communication with the police, and the installation of a 24-hour response system to promote campus safety.

Chung was a 24-year-old student of CJCU in Tainan, Taiwan whowent missing on the evening of Oct 28. She was found dead the next day and an arrested suspect had confessed to the killing.

According to a CNA report, the suspect had admitted abducting, killing her by strangulation and disposing of her body.

Her parents, Desmond Chung and Ting Ching Ching, had flown to Taiwan on Oct 30 to bring her remains back.

Chung was laid to rest at Nirvana Memorial Park here on Nov 21.

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