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Boy wonder enrolls in Hong Kong university|
2007-08-25 03:09:00 Xinhua English
HONG KONG, Aug. 25 -- A NINE-YEAR-OLD mathematics prodigy has been admitted to the Hong Kong Baptist University, becoming the youngest college student in the city.
The university's decision to admit Hong Kong resident March Boedihardjo was made public on Thursday.
"The decision was made after a two-month discussion among various departments of the university and March's parents," acting president of the university Franklin Luk announced at a press briefing together with March, who gave a victory sign to waiting media as he entered the room.
Next month, March will join students 10 years older than he is to start university life.
The university will design a five-year curriculum for March which, when completed, will see him gain a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Science as well as a Master of Philosophy in Mathematics.
March earlier sat for the UK's A-level examinations and also the Advanced Extension Awards in mathematics. The boy showed his talent in the A-levels by scoring As in mathematics and further mathematics and a B in statistics, while he passed the extension award with merit.
Luk said that, despite his age, March had achieved excellent examination results and also expressed himself admirably in interviews.
Tony Boedihardjo, March's father, said the family had also applied to other local universities including the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, but did not receive a reply.
Making funny faces and playing with the microphone during the hour-long briefing, the young prodigy appeared to wallow in the media spotlight.
When asked how he will cope with university life, March said he never worried about dealing with classmates years older than himself.
"When I was in Oxford, all my schoolmates were over 18 and we often discussed mathematics problems. I think I won't have problems in communicating with people older than me," said March, who has completed two years of high school curriculum in England.
"With a view to developing his academic intelligence, personal growth and campus life, we will tailor a learning roadmap that best benefits March," Luk said. "We are confident that this arrangement will encourage March to exercise his intellectual faculties to their fullest and support his whole-person development at a world class university, and also give his parents peace of mind."
The university said it would encourage March to participate in social functions and student and cultural activities held on campus so that he may experience typical collegiate life.