so young

September 3rd, 2008

See how cool my university is? We’ve got China’s youngest grad student!

中国最小研究生北工大报到 父母来京陪读

China’s youngest graduate student registers at BeiGongDa. Parents accompany him to Beijing to study.

昨天是北京工业大学2008级1300多名研究生报到的日子。当1.7米出头,却还一脸稚气的13岁研究生张炘炀,在父母陪伴下来到学校逸夫图书馆前的研究生新生报到处时,立刻引起了其他新生和老师的注意。

Yesterday was the day for Beijing University of Technology’s over 1300 graduate students of 2008 to register. The 1.7 metre tall, but still fresh-faced 13 year old graduate student Zhang Xinyang immediately grabbed the attention of the other new students and teachers as his parents accompanied him to the graduate students’ registration office outside the school’s Yifu Library.

昨天早上9点半左右,张炘炀在父母的陪同下来到了研究生新生报到处。虽然凭借1.7米出头的身高,站在20多岁的同学中间并不很显眼。但仔细看去,张炘炀毕竟是一个只有13岁的小孩子。在新生报到处,他的父母忙前忙后地帮他办理各种入学手续,而张炘炀只是坐着等候。

At around 9 yesterday morning, Zhang Xinyang arrived at the graduate students’ registration office accompanied by his parents. Although at 1.7 metres tall he doesn’t stand out amongst his 20-something classmates, after a more careful look Zhang Xinyang is after all just a 13 year old child. At the new students’ registration office, his parents busied themselves helping him handle each process involved in registration, while Zhang Xinyang sat and waited.

尽管小小年纪就已经要读研究生了,但在父母眼里,张炘炀依然是一个贪玩的孩子。所以在孩子被北工大录取的时候,张父也向学校提出了“陪读”要求,考虑到张炘炀未年满18岁,身边需要有个监护人,因此学校也欣然答应并为他们安排了单间。

Although he’s about to become a grad student at such a tender age, in his parents’ eyes he’s still a child who loves to play, so when BeiGongDa recruited the child, his mother required the right to accompany him in his studies, considering that until he reached 18 he would need a guardian by his side, and so the school agreeably replied and arranged a separate room for them.

  “我们已决定由教学经验丰富的数理学院副院长程曹宗作为他的导师,希望能把小炘炀的优势尽量发挥出来。”北京工业大学研究生部的吴主任表示。同时,吴主任还认为,如果张炘炀学习不吃力,依然可以在研究生课程中申请“跳级”。

 “We already decided the highly experienced educator and vice-dean of the mathematics institute Cheng Caozong would be his advisor, and hope he can draw out little Xinyang’s talents as much as possible,” said Chairman Wu of Beijing University of Technology’s Graduate School. At the same time, Chairman Wu also believes if Zhang Xinyang’s studies are not strenuous enough, he could still apply to skip a year in the graduate study programme.

Wow.

 

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