and Students Studying Abroad, 1978-2004
Note: Please note that
not all students in foreign countries are post-graduate students.
Source: National Bureau of Statistics of China (2005): China
Statistical Yearbook, 2005. Beijing (China Statistics Press), Table
China is massively improving her human
resource base. Between 1978 and 2004 the number of post-graduate students in
China virtually "exploded" from just 870 students to almost 820
thousand. The number of students studying abroad increased
from a mere 860 to almost 115 thousand in 2004. In relation to the
number of enrolled graduate students, the highest percentages of
students studying abroad was in 2002. Since then the number of Chinese
students abroad has been declining (perhaps related to more restrictive
policies in the United States).