Now here is an interesting fact. I knew that the United States was becoming ever more dependent on foreign PhD students, especially in the so-called STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). I also knew that an increasing proportion of them come from Asia, and China in particular. But this article in Science surprised me nonetheless:

A new study has found that the most likely undergraduate alma mater for those who earned a Ph.D. in 2006 from a U.S. university was … Tsinghua University. Peking University, its neighbor in the Chinese capital, ranks second. Between 2004 and 2006, those two schools overtook the University of California, Berkeley, as the most fertile training ground for U.S. Ph.D.s (see graph). South Korea’s Seoul National University occupies fourth place behind Berkeley, followed by Cornell University and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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SOURCE: CPST ANALYSIS OF SED, 2006

HT: Nanopolitan

This article has 5 comments

  1. cm

    i’m a u. of michigan alum (BSE/MSE) that got his phd at the olin school of business at washington university in st. louis. during my studies (2000-2006), at the peak, i’d say about 85-90% of the 35+ students in residence at my program was from china. and maybe 10+ of those were from tsinghua alone.

    so this doesn’t surprise me at all. for now, it appears that most of these chinese phd’s are staying here to work afterwards. but that may soon change too.

  2. Online PHD

    I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

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