Chinese university mandates swimming as graduating condition for students


Students of the Tsinghua University, which is one of China’s most prestigious universities, have been told they must learn to swim before they graduate.

The news made waves on Chinese social media, with some questioning the move in a country struggling with drought.

But the President of the Tsinghua University, Mr. Qiu Yong, said the exercise was made compulsory for all students because it also improved physical fitness.

Tsinghua university first made swimming a requirement in 1919, but it was later dropped due to the university’s popularity and a lack of swimming pools in Beijing.