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Top Countries with snowballing PhDs/doctoral holders
across the Globe
“The Research of today is the technology of tomorrow – Edward Teller
Education is recognized as human capital and many economic research studies
conducted in developed countries reveal that development in the education has
contributed significantly to the economic growth of the many countries.
No wonder, the whole world has registered a considerable increase in the
doctoral graduates in the last 2 decades.
This article provides an insight into the top countries around the world that
produces high numbers of doctoral holders based on OECD 2014 report.
As per the report, United States wins hands down with 67,449 Ph.D. scholars in
2014, which is at least twice more than the number of doctoral graduates
produced by Germany, its nearest rival in 2014.
The study reported 28,147 research scholars from Germany graduated in 2014,
which was followed by the United Kingdom with 25,020 doctoral holders. India
grabbed the fourth position with 24,300 research scholars, while Japan had
16,039 Ph.D. graduates to take the fifth position.
OECD report ranked France and South Korea in sixth and seventh place with
13,729 and 12,931 Ph.D. graduates respectively.
Spain with 10, 889 research scholars beat Italy for the eighth place, which had
10,679 Ph.D. graduates. Australia took the tenth place with 8400 graduates
followed by Canada with 7,059 doctoral holders.
Global trends in popular scientific fields for doctoral
OECD report also throws light on the various scientific fields that are more
popular among global doctoral holders. As per the report, around 58% of the new
doctoral holders belonging to the OECD region carried out their Ph.D. research in
disciplines like science, technology, Engineering, health, and mathematics.
Based on the prevailing global higher education scenario, there is an
ever-increasing preference for undertaking doctoral research in following
disciplines among global doctoral aspirants.
PhDs in Technology Studies
Ph.D. in science technology studies has gained exponential growth due to rapid
advancements in digitalization, Information & Communication Technology (ICT)
and other newer scientific technologies.
Ph.D. in Business Studies
Ever Increasing globalization and stiff competition in the business field have
encouraged more and more students around the globe to choose Ph.D. for
business management specialization to accomplish continuous business growth.
Doctorate in Development studies
Numerous Students undertake Ph.D. in development studies to understand and
investigate the problems of poverty, social inequalities, cultural differences and
other important societal developmental issues relating to regional, national and
Ph.D. in Economic Studies
Doctorate in Economic studies is another important discipline preferred by many
global students pursuing advanced study in economics to conduct their original
research and make scholarly contribution in the highly lucrative economic studies
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