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24 September, Thursday


Belgian child prodigy drops out of Dutch university

A nine-year-old Belgian boy who was due to become the world's youngest university graduate has ended his studies at his Dutch university due to a dispute over the end date of his degree.

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Young prodigy Laurent Simons made headlines around the world last month when he looked set to complete a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at Eindhoven's University of Technology before the end of the year, Eurasia Diary reports citing Deutsche Welle.

It would have made him the world's first ever graduate under the age of 10.

But on Monday, the university told Laurent and his parents that plan no longer looked feasible, considering the number of exams he still needed to finish before his birthday on December 26.

"Laurent is an exceptionally gifted boy, who is going through his studies at an unprecedented pace. Nevertheless, the university did not believe that this end date was feasible given the number of exams Laurent had to pass before his 10th birthday on December 26," the university said in a statement.

The university said it had suggested a timetable that would have allowed him to finish in mid-2020, which would have been "in any case a very fast timetable."

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