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Bachelor's degrees awarded in S&E fields in U.S., China and top 6 EU 2000-2016

This statistic shows the number of science and engineering (S&E) subject bachelor's degrees awarded in select countries between 2000 and 2016. In China, the number of S&E bachelor's degrees awarded grew from around 359,500 in 2000 to around 1.72 million in 2015 - more than the 768,300 S&E bachelor’s degrees awarded in the United States in 2016.

Number of bachelor's degrees* awarded in science and engineering (S&E) fields in the U.S., China and EU-Top 6 from 2000 to 2016

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Release date

September 2019



Survey time period

2000 to 2016

Supplementary notes

* To facilitate international comparisons, the source compares 'first university degrees', which are defined as terminal undergraduate degree programs. This definition includes degrees classified within level 6 (bachelor’s degree or equivalent) or level 7 (master’s degree or equivalent, including “long first degrees”) in the 2011 International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED), which was developed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

** Data for China only available up to 2015.

EU top six includes the six EU members producing the highest number of S&E first university degrees in 2016: France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

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