China has 1 in 5 of world’s col­lege stu­dents

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

In 1949 when the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China was founded, only 117,000 stu­dents were at­tend­ing col­leges or uni­ver­si­ties. But the num­ber soared to 37 mil­lion in 2015 — the world’s largest stu­dent pop­u­la­tion.

Now, one in ev­ery five col­lege stu­dents is in China, ac­cord­ing to the country’s first qual­ity re­port on higher ed­u­ca­tion by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion.

The num­ber of col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties in the country stands at al­most 2,900, and is sec­ond only to the United States.

The re­port also shows that ex­pen­di­tures on higher ed­u­ca­tion have in­creased greatly in re­cent years, as has the num­ber of ed­u­ca­tors, the amount of real es­tate and teach­ing re­sources.

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