Shanghai University Takes Heat for Moving Swimming Test Online

by Riley Overend 2

June 08th, 2022 Asia, International, News

Shanghai University became a laughingstock of the internet last month after administrators moved a required 50-meter swimming test online due to the city’s COVID-19 lockdown. 

Proficiency in swimming is a graduation requirement at some of China’s top universities because of the associated health and safety benefits. This year’s test, however, was limited to a “Basic Theory of Swimming” questionnaire with a May 29 deadline. 

The school said that the decision was made to “ensure that the graduation process proceeds smoothly” amid Shanghai’s COVID-19 outbreaks.

The news soon went viral as the hashtag “Shanghai University swimming test changed to online assessment” received more than two million views in a single day on China’s Twitter-like Weibo platform. 

“Are the students supposed to swim in their bathtubs?” one Weibo user asked. Another asked if it was the new version of “surfing the web.” Others shared videos pretending to swim by diving in bed with goggles and a swim cap.

The whole situation seemed like a comedic bit straight out of The Big Bang Theory.

Shanghai reopened June 1 after a two-month lockdown due to COVID-19.

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3 months ago

Remove the laugh track from that show and it’s as funny as a funeral for a loved one.

3 months ago

This…is…amazing. Words can’t describe how this makes me feel.

About Riley Overend

Riley is an associate editor interested in the stories taking place outside of the pool just as much as the drama between the lane lines. A 2019 graduate of Boston College, he arrived at SwimSwam in April of 2022 after three years as a sports reporter and sports editor at newspapers …

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