Students applying to one of China’s most prestigious universities have been told they must learn to swim before they graduate.
Tsinghua University, known as the Harvard of the East, has ruled that the nation’s top minds must also prove themselves in the pool.
The news made waves on Chinese social media, with some questioning the move in a country struggling with drought.
But the university said swimming was a key survival skill.
President of Tsinghua University, Qiu Yong, said the exercise was made compulsory for all students because it also improved physical fitness.
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.