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China: University Graduate Committed Suicide When Could Not Find a Job

Posted by Author on November 19, 2007

ChinaScope Magazine, Sun, 11/18/2007-

At 9:40 on October 31, 2006, a young man jumped to his death from the 7th floor of a student dormitory building at Zhongying College, Quanzhou, Fujian Province. The police found a suicide note. The deceased said he committed suicide because he could not find a satisfactory job and did not want to be a burden to his parents. His relatives said that he was depressed before he committed suicide. [1]

The student, Hong Qiankun, 26 years old, was a third year graduate student in the department of chemical engineering at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He was born in Jingjiang, Fujian.

Hong’s father said sadly that Hong was going to graduate this year. His entire family was proud when he became an undergraduate student at Tsinghua University 7 years ago. Hong had previously been quite outgoing, but became introverted more recently and did not like to talk. He had been on vacation at his aunt’s home in Quanzhou (Fujian) since September because of depression.

In his note, Hong said: “I am sorry, I could not find a job… Dad and Mom, I am not a dutiful son and I do not want to become a burden for all of you. This is my choice.”

Hong’s aunt said Hong chose to go to graduate school after undergraduate because he could not find a good job. However, even as a graduate student, he could find a job. He felt great pressure and was often in a bad mood or sat by himself in a trance-like state. [1]

According to an official study by the Chinese Ministry of Personnel, nearly 60% of the graduate students studied regretted entering graduate school because of frustration in seeking a job [2]. In fact, it is more and more difficult for undergraduate students to find jobs [3]. The employment rate for undergraduate students was 80% for 2002, 75% for 2003, 73% for 2004, and 72.6% for 2005. More and more undergraduate students choose to work rather than to continue their education. [4]

In Liaoning Province, the employment rate in 2005 was 63.6% for undergraduate students and 82.9% for graduate students. [5]


Please check original report from Chinascope

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