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Published Thursday, November 14, 2019 3:05 PM EST

Last updated Thursday, November 14, 2019 3:06 PM EST

AN prodigy son from Belgium is on her way to obtain a bachelor's degree at the age of nine.

Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) – a difficult course even for middle-aged postgraduate students.

Described by the team as "simply extraordinary," Laurent is on her way to graduating in December.

He plans to start a doctorate program in electrical engineering while also studying medicine, his father told CNN.

His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they believed Laurent's grandparents were overreacting when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon agreed.

"They noticed something very special about Laurent," said Lydia.

Laurent was tested after test as teachers tried to figure out the extent of his talents. "They told us he is like a sponge," said Alexander.

While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, her parents have so far received no explanation as to why the prodigy son is able to learn so quickly.

But Lydia has her own theory.

"I ate a lot of fish during pregnancy," she joked.

TUE allowed Laurent to complete her course faster than other students.

"This is not uncommon," said Sjoerd Hulshof, director of education for TUE's bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, in a statement.

"Special students who have good reason to do so can arrange a timely schedule. Similarly, we help students who participate in high-end sport."

Hulshof said Laurent is "simply extraordinary" and praised the young man.

"Laurent is the fastest student we've ever had here," he said. "He is not only hyperintelligent but also a very understanding boy."

Laurent told CNN that his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he is also "going to study some medicine."

His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent's family does not bother to name which ones he is considering for his doctorate.

"Information absorption is no problem for Laurent," said his father.

"I think the focus will be on researching and applying knowledge to discover new things."

While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are taking care that he has fun too.

"We don't want him to be serious. He does whatever he wants," Alexander said. "We need to strike a balance between being a child and your talents."

Laurent said he likes to play with his dog Sammy and ring his phone like many young people.

However, unlike most nine-year-olds, he has already discovered what he wants to do with his life: to develop artificial organs.

Meanwhile, Laurent must complete her bachelor's degree and choose which academic institution will host the next step on her remarkable journey.

Prior to that, he plans to take a vacation in Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.

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