Data Brief

China is Fast Outpacing U.S. STEM PhD Growth

Remco Zwetsloot

Jack Corrigan

Emily Weinstein

Dahlia Peterson

Diana Gehlhaus

Ryan Fedasiuk

August 2021

Since the mid-2000s, China has consistently graduated more STEM PhDs than the United States, a key indicator of a country’s future competitiveness in STEM fields. This paper explores the data on STEM PhD graduation rates and projects their growth over the next five years, during which the gap between China and the United States is expected to increase significantly.

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