A student who died after being assaulted by his university professor in a Singapore university has been identified as a graduate of the Faculty of Engineering (FEE), according to the Medical Examiner’s Office.

The death was justifiable homicide, the MEC told The Straits Times on Wednesday.

The student, who had not been identified, had a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree from Singapore’s National University of Defence Studies and Technology (NUSEDT).

“The students’ death is justifiable as they are in a position of authority, authority over others, and authority over the conduct of others,” the Mec said in a statement.

“It is a common occurrence when students in the higher education sector are subjected to such incidents.

For such reasons, the police are conducting a thorough investigation to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident,” it added.

As well as the death of the student, another man was detained for questioning on suspicion of causing grievous hurt.

The MEC said he had been released after being taken into custody.

The MEC had previously issued two warnings against universities over incidents of students allegedly abusing their authority.

Last month, a student was killed after he was allegedly assaulted by an undergraduate professor in the Faculty in the MRT station on March 7.

Police are investigating whether the professor was abusive towards the student in the wake of the incident, which was caught on video.

Singapore is home to a total of 16,000 undergraduates, who are mostly studying engineering and technology.