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5 months ago | World | 0 comments

By Bong Garabot

Nine-year-old Belgian student Laurent Simons, who studies electrical engineering and who will soon become the youngest university graduate in the world.

Like many other 9-year-olds, Laurent Simons likes TV and his pet dog. But what makes him different from other regular kids, he also wants to make artificial organs, and is about to get the qualifications to set him on his way.

Simons, the Belgian boy will in December receive a degree in electrical engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, which will make him one of the world’s youngest graduates.

He completed the course in just 9 months instead of the usual 3 years, Laurent says it’s “normal”—although he adds too that it’s “cool.”

Simons said in AFP interview in the Dutch capital Amsterdam,
“I’m currently studying electrical engineering. It’s about designing circuits and things like that. So chips, actually.”

But what makes him a regular boy, Simons adds that “I really like karting. And I like playing with my dog and watching Netflix.”

The feedback Simons was getting from His teachers was they run out of superlatives to describe him.

Sjoerd Hulshof, program director for electrical engineering at the university, a course that itself is considered particularly difficult,
“Laurent’s qualities are all simply extraordinary.”

Hulshof told AFP,
the boy is “the quickest student we’ve ever seen. And he’s not just hyper-intelligent, but very nice.”

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