Students must swim before they graduate, says China university

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One of China's most highly regarded institutions, 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.

However, under the rules announced on Monday, new students beginning in September will have to take the plunge and demonstrate that they can swim at least 50m (164ft) using any stroke.

Director of Tsinghua University's physical education department, Liu Bo, said the policy had previously ended due to an increase in enrolment and lack of facilities, but said it was time to revive the "essential survival skill" and get people exercising, the state-run Global Times reported.

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