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China and India Gain Ground in the Global Talent Pool



By Catherine Groux
Posted July 16, 2012 01:04 PM

A new study shows other nations are surpassing the U.S. in degree attainment.
A new study shows other nations are surpassing the U.S. in degree attainment.
In recent years, the Obama Administration has emphasized its goal of helping the U.S. regain its position as the most highly educated country in the world. However, a new report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shows other countries are surpassing the U.S. when it comes to producing college graduates.

The report analyzed the number of college degree holders between the ages of 25 and 34 from OECD and Group of Twenty (G20) member countries, which accounts for a total of 42 nations. In doing so, the study found that if current trends continue, China and India will produce about 40% of young people with higher education in G20 and OECD countries by 2020. The U.S. and the European Union are expected to produce a total of about 25% of these nations' college graduates.

In 2010, about 18% of college degree holders from G20 and OECD nations came from China, while 11% derived from India. At that time, the U.S. produced 14% of college graduates. However, by 2020, while the U.S.' share of college-educated individuals will fall to 11%, China's percentage will rise to 29% and India's rate will increase to 12%.

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