9 year old Indonesian boy wants a place in university

August 11, 2007 at 6:02 am 1 comment

A nine-year-old Indonesian boy who grew up in Hong Kong is likely to become the youngest student to enroll in a university in Hong Kong. The child prodigy, March Boedihardjo is presently studying in England. He has applied to study mathematics or science at the Hong Kong University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the University of Science and Technology and Hong Kong Baptist University.

His brother who is now studying at Oxford University, enrolled there when he was only 13.The Universities are considering his application as they await his A level results in which March is confident he will get straight As. University authorities say that March’s results will not be the only consideration – his psychological readiness for university is something they will have to determine.

Detailed story in the Hong Kong Standard.

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  • 1. Vic  |  August 13, 2007 at 12:03 am

    University authorities say that March’s results will not be the only consideration – his psychological readiness for university is something they will have to determine.

    What arrogance! The boy appears to be far more capable of learning at this age than other children. Naturally, one does not expect him to be a young adult, as are many other college going youngsters.

    Surely it is up to the University to ensure that its portals are open to such a brilliant young boy? Can they not regard him as they would any youngster with say, different abilities, such as those requiring the use of a seeing-eye dog or a ‘reader’?

    Why should the boy be ‘psychologically ready for University’? The University (and many other universities and places of ‘teaching’ not ‘learning’) needs to get itself ‘psychologically ready’ to accept far wider variations in the student rolls. For instance, 80 year olds, if they want to join.

    Seems to me that a lot of people are confused between Universities that are places of knowledge, and other institutions, that seem to exist only to get people into the ‘workforce’.

    Get a life, Professor!

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