While most kids are learning in school, this 9-year-old Belgian genius is planning to receive his bachelor’s degree.
Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE). His teachers from the University are very impressed with him, but Laurent’s parents, Lydia and Alexander Simmons, told CNN they didn’t believe Lauren’t grandparents at first when they realized his academic talents.
“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.
Laurent has given multiple tests to figure out the best course for him, teachers told his parents that their son is “like a sponge,” he can complete his classes even faster than the college-aged students at the university.
“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,” Sjoerd Hulshof, TUE education director of electrical engineering, told CNN.
The university staff has described him as “simply extraordinary,” and Hulshof added that the child is the “fastest student we have ever had here.”
Alexander shared this news after his son completes his bachelor’s degree in December, he hopes to enroll in a Ph.D. program for electrical engineering.
“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” he told CNN.
The 9-year-old told CNN that during his Ph.D. studies, he will also “study a bit of medicine” to earn yet another degree.
He shared that he wants to develop artificial organs in the future, which suits his personality, as Hulshof also described the young boy as “very sympathetic.”
“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things,” added Alexander.
Laurent enjoys to play outside of school, and his parents find it extremely important at his age.
“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” his father said. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”
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