Friday, December 02, 2005

It Takes 15 years to Make a Scientist!

The Quiet Crisis....from Thomas Friedman, The World is Flat
The Numbers, Education & Ambition Gaps.

There were 2.8 million BA degrees granted in the world in 2002:
1.2 million were from Asia
830,000 were from Europe
400,000 were from USA

S & E BA degrees Proportionally
60% of all degree in China are S&E
41% of all degree in Taiwan are S&E
33% of all degree in South Korea are S&E
31% of all degree in USA are S&E

Specifically in Engineering Proportionally
5% of all degrees in USA are Engineering
25% of all degrees in Russia are Engineering
46% of all degrees in China are Engineering

Foreign Born S & E USA Grads over 10 years (1990 – 2000)
BA 11% to 17%
MA 19% to 29%
PhD 24% to 38 %

Specially in engineering
Universities in Asia produce 8 times more graduates than the USA

YIKES this cause for alarm?


  • They look bad, but I'm wondering how these statistics compare to early decades. How many S & E degrees were obtained in the 1960's, for instance. Has our percentage of degrees earned stayed the same over time or decreased? Without some context these statistics are isolated facts.

    By Anonymous Sandra, at 5:25 PM  

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