Laurent Simons, Child Prodigy, Chooses to Learn in Israel

  • He is the youngest child in the world to have completed High School and the first level of Higher Academics.
  • He wants to study bio-technology, medicine, and bio-engineering. He feels that in Israel he can reach to his highest potential.
  • Laurent in his spare time enjoys playing with his dog Sammy, and also, like most children, with his phone.

At the age of nine years old, Laurent Simons had already completed his bachelor’s degree. His IQ was tested as 147, and he lives in Belgium. He wants to complete his MA in Israel and his parents have requested the Consulate of Israel to help the child find a suitable university.

Belgian child prodigy Laurent Simons poses with pretzels.

He is the youngest child in the world to have completed High School and the first level of Higher Academics. He chose to learn in Israel even though he is not Jewish. He wants to study bio-technology, medicine, and bio-engineering. He feels that in Israel he can reach to his highest potential.

The Israeli press wrote about Simons today and his decision to continue his education in Israel. Simons was already known about, as CNN introduced him to the world in November. At the time, Simons was studying engineering at Einhoven University of technology in the Netherlands, taking a tough course load even for students of an average graduate age. The staff at the University describes him as simply extraordinary.  He was in the middle of his last term to finish his degree in December.

There are eight universities and several dozen colleges in Israel, which are recognized and academically supervised by the Council for Higher Education in Israel. In addition, Israel founded a university in Ariel in the West Bank, which is recognized and academically supervised by the Council for Higher Education in Judea and Samaria.

When the child was born and growing up in his parents’ home, his grandparents immediately saw that he was gifted. When he began learning in public school, his teachers concurred, they noticed something special about the boy. The Simons family are descended from doctors but none of his relatives excelled like this child. He was part of an education program called TUE, which accelerates gifted children to be able to receive a bachelor’s degree at their young age. His mentors at TUE singled him out as the fastest student they ever have had.

Laurent in his spare time enjoys playing with his dog Sammy, and also, like most children, with his phone. He doesn’t play chess or any musical instruments, but he loves Fortnite and Minecraft. He watches Netflix.  The world has always been fascinated by prodigies celebrated for their ability to master an instrument, graduate at a young age, or to excel in sports. Mozart composed music at the age of 5 and Picasso was 9 years old when he made his first painting. Laurent takes an interest in Instagram and has as many as 13,00 followers.

The NY Post writes about Laurent that prestigious universities throughout the world have shown their interest, and have reached out to Simons to join them. He had not yet made his decision where to continue his learning. Of all the places in the world, Lauren, with his parents’ consent have decided that Israel is the best place for him to continue his learning.

Israel, the state with the oldest heritage in the world, is also today a center of High Tech. The two worlds the Old and the New sometimes may clash, but the Universities in Israel continue to create more creative scientists than any other place in the world. Laurent feels Israel is the place for him to fulfill his dreams.

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David Wexelman

Author of 5 books on the internet on topics of Jewish mysticism, managing two websites. www.progressivejewishspirituality.net
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