A 9-year-old genius from Belgium is set to graduate from the University with a bachelor’s degree at the his tender age.
The 9-year-old genius, Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE), to finish his Bachelor’s degree in December, after which he plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.
His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons were amazed when Laurent’s grandparents and his teachers proved to them how much gift he had. They have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly even though he came from a family of doctors.
“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.
His teachers were said to have given him test after test in an attempt to find out the extent of his talents.
“They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.
Laurent has been given a chance by the University to complete his course faster than other students.
“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, in a statement.
“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”
Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.
“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”
Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”
His parents have also revealed that they are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.
“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”
Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people. However, he plans to develop artificial organs.