'He's not a nerd': Child prodigy, 9, to graduate university

A 9-year-old boy is on track to graduate university with a degree in December this year, with staff at the university calling the boy “simply extraordinary”.

Laurent Simons, the child prodigy from Belgium, is studying electrical engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology and will finish his course in December this year.

He started studying at university at just eight years old.

Laurent Simons is just nine-years-old and is set to graduate university in December this year, after starting his course at just eight-years-old. Source: Instagram - Laurent Simons.

The nine-year-old then plans to go on and start a PhD program in electrical engineering, while studying to also get a degree in medicine, according to CNN.

Laurent’s parents Lydia and Alexander Simons come from a family of doctors, but they were still unable to explain how their son is capable of learning so quickly.

His parents told CNN they did not do anything special, “especially in the beginning”.

It wasn’t until Laurent went to school and his teachers starting giving him extra tasks and tests they realised just how special their son was.

Sjoerd Hulshof, an education director at Eindhoven University of Technology, said it wasn’t unusual for child prodigies to complete their education at a faster pace than other students.

“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” Mr Hulshof said, according to CNN.

“Not only is he hyper-intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”

Although Laurent has an incredible ability to absorb information, his parents are determined to find a balance between his talents and him being a child.

“We don't want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” his father said.

“He’s not a nerd,” his mother said, laughing.

Laurent reportedly likes playing with his dog and on his phone, and has decided he wants to develop artificial organs as a career.

He is yet to choose which university he will be attending to further his education, upon completing his bachelor’s degree, but CNN reports he has received no shortage of offers from prestigious universities from around the world.

Before he starts studying for his PhD, Laurent plans to go on holiday to Japan.

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