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China Graduate Education

Since 2009, the number of engineering doctoral degrees awarded in China has been steady and under 20,000. Among postgraduate master’s participants, women were well represented, comprising about 52.2% of students enrolled and 52.4% of degree holders.

Trend in Engineering Doctoral Degrees Awarded, 2000-2014

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Source: National Science Board. 2018. Science and Engineering Indicators 2018. NSB-2018-1. Alexandria, VA: National Science Foundation. Available at https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/indicators/.

In 2017, women were underrepresented among incoming doctoral students (41.9%) and doctoral degree holders (39.3%). In the same year, over 175,000 master’s degrees and over 20,000 doctoral degrees were awarded in engineering.

Postgraduate Participants, 2017

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Source: Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, Education Statistics in 2017.


Additional Resources

  • National Science Board. 2018. Science and Engineering Indicators 2018. NSB-2018-1. Alexandria, VA: National Science Foundation. Available at https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/indicators/
  • Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, Education Statistics in 2017.