How many PhD students graduate every year in China?
How many PhD diplomas are granted every year in China?
There has been an exponential growth in the number of PhD graduates in China since 1978. In 1978, only 18 students were enrolled for doctoral courses, but since then, the number has grown at an average rate of 24% per year, with the last decade witnessing an exceptional spurt of growth. In 2002, only 14,368 doctorates were awarded in China, but the number increased to 27,677 in 2005 and to 48,987 in 2010. For more details, read this article on the PhD boom in China.