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Which Countries' Students Aim for STEM Degrees?

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Countries producing a higher share of STEM graduates are more likely to be found in the Arab world, Eastern Europe, and East Asia.

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Graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are sought after globally, but are often in short supply. Many countries have tried to bolster enrollment in these programs with varying levels of success.

According to numbers collected by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, college and university students in Malaysia and Tunisia are among the most likely to graduate in a STEM field, with between 43.5 percent and 37.5 percent of students respectively receiving a STEM degree, out of all countries where recent data was available. India, with 34 percent of students picking STEM, produces the highest number of graduates. UNESCO did not publish data for China.

Other countries with a strong showing of STEM graduates are the United Arab Emirates, Germany, Belarus, and South Korea, where more than 30 percent are STEM graduates.

Percentages are lower in the U.K. (26 percent), France (25 percent), the United States (19.6 percent), and Brazil (17.5 percent).

From World Economic Forum
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