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9-year-old set to become world’s youngest university graduate

A nine-year-old boy from Belgium is set to become world’s youngest university graduate by the end of this year.

Laurent Simons is currently in the final stage of completing his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE), Netherlands. He previously completed what was worth five years of study in a matter of 12 months.

“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here. Not only is he hyper-intelligent, but also a very sympathetic boy. Simply extraordinary,” the education director of TUE’s bachelor’s programme in electrical engineering, Sjoerd Hulshof, said as quoted by CNN.

His mother, Lydia Simons said Laurent’s gifts were first realised by his grandparents. The teachers concurred, and they soon did numerous tests to determine the extent of Laurent’s mind.

“They told us he is like a sponge,” father Alexander Simons said of his son, whose hobbies include playing phone games and hanging out with the family dog.

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