As we discussed in class Monday, the number of Chinese college students and subsequent number of college graduates has greatly increased in recent years. The number of new undergraduate students more than tripled between 2000 and 2012 going from 2,206,000 students to 6,888,000 students. Even more impressive is the fact that the number of Chinese yearly college graduates has increased more than 6 times during the same time period. The number has risen from 950,000 students graduating college in 2000 to 6,247,000 students graduating in 2012.
The growth of new undergraduate students as well as college graduates has far surpassed China’s overall population growth during this same period. According to the 2000 and 2010 Chinese census the population increased from 1,265,830,000 to 1,339,724,852. This 105% increase in population is far behind the 600% percent increase in college graduates.
I assume this 600% growth will not continue all that much longer. China was previously a rural society where children worked on the farm and college degrees were not needed. Now as the push to expand the number of college graduates in China is well underway, people understand the importance of education and there is a much higher proportion of the population that has sought degrees, thus making it impossible to continue posting such amazing growth proportionally.
Sources: China Statistical Yearbook 2013