According  to the “China Science and Technology Human Resources Development Report (2020)“ published on August 27, China’s R & D population surged during the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20), with an average annual growth rate of more than 7%. It has increased from 3,878,000 a year in 2016 to 5,092,000 a year in 2020, and has maintained the number one position in the world for several consecutive years. The percentage of R&D personnel with a university degree increased from 50.5% in 2015 to 63.6% in 2019. The number of doctoral degree holders was 8.5%. The full-time equivalent of corporate R & D accounted for 76.4%. The 10 eastern provinces and municipalities account for 65.6% of the national R & D.

Japan JST China news, September 3, 2021