2017-02-21 16:41 来源：小牛英语
The world record holder for the number of university degrees is a 70-year old Italian.
Mr Luciano Baietti lives in the town of Velletri in the Alban Hills near Rome and spends his days pottering around his small house and garden.
But every morning at 3am, he pulls out his textbooks and starts studying.
He now holds 15 bachelors or master’s degrees from universities across Italy, and is already embarking on his 16th.
"Thanks to books, I feel free, dammit," he tells AFP.
"After all, the words share the same root," he says, referring to the Italian words libro (book) and libero (free).
The certificates proving his prowess hang on the walls of his study, framing a portrait of the 19th century French essayist, Louis-Francois Bertin, whom he cites as an influence.
"He was a man of culture and knowledge," said Mr Baietti, a former headmaster of a secondary school, who made it into the Guinness Book of Records in 2002 with his eighth degree, that time in motor skills.
At that point he already had degrees in sociology, literature, law, political science and philosophy, most from Rome’s prestigious La Sapienza University, one of the oldest in the world.
Since then, he’s added seven others to his list, including one in criminology, a distance-learning one in military strategies from Turin, and the latest in tourism from an online university in Naples, which he was awarded at the start of this month.
"Each time I set myself a new challenge, to see how far my body and my brain can go," says Mr Baietti.