Tai Tzu-ying, badminton player Success in studies – along with sports

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Dr. Tai Tzu-ying
Dr. Tai Tzu-ying, athlete and academician. (IO/Alfino Suhanta)

Jakarta, IO – Not many athletes can be great in both sports and their studies. One of these is Taiwanese female single badminton athlete Tai Tzu-ying, who was crowned champion of the Indonesia Open 2022 in Gelora Bung Karno Sports Hall, Senayan, Jakarta, on 19 June: she just earned her Doctorate in Sport Science from Taiwan University on 9 June, having earned her Master’s from the same university four years ago. 

“Education is extremely important to me. In Taiwan, very few active athletes actually bothered to earn a doctorate. I am absolutely grateful to my alma mater, because it generously facilitated everything I need in order to achieve my Doctorate amid my extremely busy schedule,” she said. “My Thesis Defense is done, I got the title, but there are post-Defense revisions to be made. Therefore, I was directly gowned and mortared right after they told me I graduated. They kindly allow me to submit my revised thesis later.” 

Tzu-ying’s thesis was about sports and her own experience as a professional badminton athlete. “I still haven’t completed my revisions, because tournaments have been keeping me busy. I don’t even know when I can finish them off properly. Classes and tournament schedules frequently clash with each other. Even meeting lecturers and advisors is difficult, because every time I return home to Taiwan after a tournament abroad, I must be quarantined at least a week in compliance with Covid-19 pandemic mitigation policies that apply there. Therefore, I asked my lecturers and thesis advisors to allow me to meet them online instead. Since it accommodates both my match schedules and pandemic restrictions, online classes are more effective and efficient.”