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US News Child prodigy, 9, quits university in row over graduation date

03:30  11 december  2019
03:30  11 december  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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He said the exact date of Laurent's graduation had never been an issue for the family but became one as they felt the university was reacting to their plans to move the boy's further education abroad. A programme director at the university had previously described Laurent as "maybe three times

Parents withdraw child from studies amid row over graduation date . A nine-year-old’s parents have terminated his studies at the University of Eindhoven after educators said he would be unable to finish his degree quickly enough to become the world’s youngest graduate .

a young girl wearing a striped shirt and smiling at the camera: Laurent Simons was on track to complete a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering © Imagebridge Laurent Simons was on track to complete a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering A nine-year-old boy who was set to become the world's youngest ever graduate has quit his university following a row over his graduation date.

Laurent Simons made headlines around the world after he was on track to complete a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at Eindhoven's University of Technology in the Netherlands.

The Belgian boy - who has an IQ of 145 - was due to complete his studies before the end of the year, which would have made him the world's first ever graduate under the age of 10.

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(CNN) — Child prodigy Laurent Simons has left his university course, following a dispute over his graduation date . Ultimately, he said, the family decided Laurent would leave the Dutch university as he had received an offer to study for a doctorate at a university in the United States, and wouldn’t be

A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor's degree at the tender age of 9

But the university has now told Laurent and his parents that the target is no longer feasible because of the number of exams he still needs to finish before his birthday on Boxing Day.

"Laurent is an exceptionally gifted boy, who is going through his studies at an unprecedented pace," the university said in a statement.

a person using a cell phone: The boy's parents believe the university's decision is related to his wish to study a PhD abroad © Reuters The boy's parents believe the university's decision is related to his wish to study a PhD abroad The university added that it had offered "a still phenomenally quick scheme in which he would end his education mid-2020".

But Laurent's parents decided not to accept the offer and immediately ended his studies in Eindhoven.

His father Alexander Simons said: "Until last week everything was fine, and now suddenly they see a delay of six months."

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A CHILD genius set to become the world's youngest uni graduate has quit after officials told him he'd have to wait Nine-year-old Laurent Simons from was studying Electrical Engineering at Eindhoven's University of But uni bosses stepped in over concerns for the amount of exams the nine-year-old

Nine-year-old prodigy Laurent Simons quits university amid row over date of his graduation . Child prodigy Laurent Simons with his dog Sammie at the University of Technology in Eindhoven The father said the exact date of the graduation had never been confirmed but added he felt the

He said the exact date of Laurent's graduation had never been an issue for the family but became one as they felt the university was reacting to their plans to move the boy's further education abroad.

a person sitting at a table in front of a computer: Laurent has been described as an 'exceptionally gifted boy' © Imagebridge Laurent has been described as an 'exceptionally gifted boy' A programme director at the university had previously described Laurent as "maybe three times smarter than the smartest student we've ever had".

Mr Simons said: "It's very peculiar that this all comes right at the time when we were finalising our plans for Laurent's PhD at a different university.

"There is a lot of interest in Laurent from universities he would be honoured to join... there is so much demand for Laurent, he is a unique project which everybody wants to be a part of."

a man wearing a suit and tie holding a gun: Laurent had been hailed as 'three times smarter' than the university's previous smartest student © Reuters Laurent had been hailed as 'three times smarter' than the university's previous smartest student Laurent, who is inspired by Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla, says he wants to research artificial organs and ultimately to develop an entire artificial body in his own laboratory.

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Nine-year-old child prodigy Laurent Simons, who was due to finish his studies in electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE), has left his university course, following a dispute over his graduation date .

Child prodigy Laurent Simons has left his university course, following a dispute over his graduation date . Laurent, 9 , made world headlines in November Ultimately, he said, the family decided Laurent would leave TUE as he had received an offer to study for a doctorate at a university in the United

Currently the youngest person to obtain a degree is American Michael Kearney, who achieved the feat in June 1994 at the age of 10 years and four months, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

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