Loss of Monash student following Air Asia tragedy


Monash University has received advice that a valued member of our student community, Kevin Alexander Soetjipto has passed away following the Air Asia plane tragedy in Indonesia.

We express our deepest condolences to his family and friends in Australia, Indonesia and globally, and encourage members of our Monash community to utilise our counselling services if they need support at this hard time.

Nathan Shafir from the Faculty of Business and Economics shared his sadness on behalf of those who taught Kevin during his time at Monash University while he was studying a commerce degree.

“Kevin was a very quiet young man, exceptionally polite and well-liked by his class mates. He was a good student, very conscientious and one of those students, who while he may not have spoken too often in group discussions, was nonetheless on top of everything that was under discussion,” Mr Shafir said.

“His loss will be deeply felt by all students and staff involved with his units of study at Monash and we would like to share our condolences to his family and friends.”

Randy Mikha Sampe Pajung, outgoing President of the Monash Indonesian Students Association expressed his and fellow Indonesian students’ heartbreak at the loss of their friend.

“This news is indeed devastating for all of us. We, as Kevin’s friends in the community, held hopes that the search would bring some hope, however we are now heartbroken at the loss of our friend. We must now pay tribute to all of those affected.”

Faculty of Business and Economics (acting) Dean, Professor Rob Brooks, also joined Mr Shafir and the Monash Indonesian Students Association in offering his sincere sympathies to Kevin's family and friends on behalf of the entire faculty.

Any students or staff needing support may contact our after-hours counselling service on 1800 350 359. If students are overseas they can call +613 8620 5300. The University will re-open on 5th January and students may then access our on-site counselling services, speak with staff at their faculties or utilise our phone support services.