Belgium’s 9-year-old prodigy to go straight to Bo University and drop out of school: fear of affecting follow-up studies

On December 11th Lauren Simmons, a 9-year-old Belgian boy who had graduated from university this month, will drop out of the country for a ph.d.student degree before earning a degree and is currently in the process of dropping out,media reported. Simmons, who is currently studying electrical engineering at eindhoven Polytechnic University in the Netherlands, hopes he will graduate before his 10th birthday on December 26th, making him the youngest college graduate ever, now at 10.

But the university said in a statement Monday that Simmons also needs to develop “insight, creativity and critical analysis” and will not be able to complete his studies before his 10th birthday, with a recommendation to delay graduation until mid-2020.

Simmons’ father said they turned down the offer to postpone graduation and decided to drop out of school for their children because they received a doctoral admission notice from a U.S. university.

Simmons, who has an IQ of at least 145, started primary school at the age of 4, went to high school at 6 and completed six years of high school in a year and a half, graduating from high school at just 8 years old.

He started college in March 2019, and his tutor said he was three times smarter than the best students he had ever met.

Belgium's 9-year-old prodigy to go straight to Bo University and drop out of school: fear of affecting follow-up studies

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