A Chinese university has announced a new requirement for its students to fulfill in order to receive a diploma, one that would entail passing a swimming test in order to graduate.
Tsinghua University, located in Beijing China, has announced that learning to swim is considered a compulsory skill and all students must be able to swim at least 50m using any stroke in order to officially obtain their degree. Those who fail to swim the distance will be required to take a mandatory course throughout their academic stay at Tsinghua, culminating in final swim test by the time they graduate.
Liu Bo, Head of the university’s Sports Science and Physical Education Division, maintains that the rule is being imposed as a means to encourage students to stay fit, although exceptions will be made for students with physical or mental conditions, if proven by medical staff.
“Although Tsinghua has a long tradition of emphasizing sports participation, fewer students are exercising regularly,” Liu said. “It’s time to take compulsory action to urge students to exercise more to strengthen the sports culture on campus.” (China Daily)
Considered a research university, Tsinghua is consistently ranked as one of the top academic institutions in China.