Report Highlights Growth in R&D in China

The Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) recently jointly released a “national innovation report” outlining the changes in R&D between 2006 and 2016. The report announced that China has the highest university level of R&D personnel in the world, with a total of 355,000 R&D staff, which is 10 times more than in 2006. The report also highlights a total investment of USD15bn in R&D, equating to an average of USD 4,200 available budget per person.
There is however, an overall dissatisfaction with the R&D output. Many higher education sector researchers rely on funding from the industry, as well as other government-funded R&D institutes, and over three quarters of China’s R&D budget is provided by the industry sector. However, the higher education sector only receives 7% of the overall national R&D funding. Despite this, there are number of cases of R&D fund embezzlement and corruption within the higher education system.
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