China Gate (http://www.wenxuecity.com/) republished an article from Changjiang Daily on August 24, 2010, claiming that China is the world’s largest doctorate manufacturing country.
China awarded more doctoral degrees than the U.S. in 2008. In the ten years from 1999 to 2009, the number of doctoral students increased from 54,000 to 246,300, a total of 4.56 times more. Statistics show that 46% of doctorate advisors guide more than 7 Ph.D. students and even as many as 47 Ph.D. students (not including master’s program students). Nearly 13% of doctoral students communicate with their advisors less than one time per month. Three percent of doctoral students said that they had never communicated with their advisors.
Source: Changjiang Daily, August 24, 2010