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U.S. Universities Fall Further Behind China In Production Of STEM Ph.D.s

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Chinese universities have surpassed U.S. institutions in the production of STEM Ph.D.s, and based on current trends, it appears that gap will only grow wider in the years to come. Those are two of the main conclusions in a report by Georgetown University's Center for Security and Emerging Technology.

U.S. universities awarded twice as many doctorates in STEM fields (18,289) as Chinese universities (9,038) in 2000, the report says. But by 2007, the order had flipped. In 2010. Chinese universities graduated 34,801 STEM doctorates compared to 26,076 by American universities.

The difference has steadily increased over the last decade. In 2019, Chinese universities produced 49,498 PhDs in STEM fields, while U.S. universities produced 33,759. Based on current enrollment patterns, the report projects that by 2025 China's yearly STEM Ph.D. graduates (77,179) will nearly double those in the United States (39,959).

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