Holy cow, I wrote a book!
Everybody "knows" that China produced 600,000
engineers in 2004 (as compared to 70,000 in the United States),
but Carl Bialik at the
Wall Street Journal
smelled something funny, so he chased the source of the numbers
to see whether this "fact" was indeed true.
interviewed a Duke professor whose class undertook their own investigation
of these bogus numbers.
The US number is really closer to 140,000.
The count of Indian engineers?
Nobody really knows.
Deans of universities don't even know how many colleges belong to
China was even stranger.
The Chinese central government in Beijing had simply decided that
600,000 is the number of engineers they want China to graduate each
"The government has told the provinces that they have to graduate more
engineers, so the provinces tell the government what they want to hear."
If the central government decrees that
the country will produce 600,000 engineers,
then by golly, that's what the official statistics will say,
what a surprise.