China has 1 in 5 of world’s college students
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.