12-year-olds at­tend univer­sity in Canada and United States

The Myanmar Times - - World -

IF you’re not al­ready feel­ing old, this may pro­vide a lit­tle nudge – a 12-yearold In­done­sian boy will start univer­sity classes in Canada to­day with peers al­most twice his age, and ap­par­ently he’s not alone.

Cendiki­awan (Diki) Suryaat­madja will study physics and take ad­di­tional classes in math, chem­istry and eco­nomics at the Univer­sity of Water­loo in On­tario, school of­fi­cials said.

The boy ge­nius re­port­edly ap­plied after fast-track­ing through school in his home coun­try, learn­ing English by watch­ing movies.

Diki is the youngest stu­dent ever to en­roll at Water­loo, one of Canada’s top schools, ad­mis­sions staff said.

He is also among a grow­ing num­ber of smart young­sters ea­ger to be­gin higher ed­u­ca­tion.

South of the bor­der, Cor­nell Univer­sity in New York wel­comed 12-yearold fresh­man Jeremy Shuler this week.

And a cur­sory look at en­roll­ment sta­tis­tics over the past cen­tury shows the bar fall­ing lower and lower.

Amer­i­can Michael Kear­ney, born in 1984, re­mains the youngest ever to have grad­u­ated with a col­lege de­gree at age eight. He went on to teach col­lege while still a teenager.

Water­loo ad­mis­sions staff told Cana­dian me­dia that age did not fac­tor into their de­ci­sion to ad­mit Diki, who they said has one of the best aca­demic records of any­one ac­cepted at the school this year.

Diki said he would like to ap­ply what he learns in the field of re­new­able en­ergy. In Canada, he will live with his father in an apart­ment near the cam­pus. –

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