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China's scientific literacy rate reaches 14.14%, with an upward trend

Gong Zhe

China's scientific literacy is on the rise, according to a survey released by the China Association for Science and Technology on Tuesday.

The 13th China Citizens' Scientific Literacy Survey reveals a significant jump in the proportion of citizens with a strong grasp of science, reaching 14.14 percent in 2023. This marks a 1.21-percentage-point increase from 2022 and reflects an accelerating upward trend.

The survey data paints a promising picture, highlighting a nationwide improvement in scientific literacy balance. For the first time, the gap between eastern, central and western regions has narrowed. Women are demonstrating impressive gains, with their scientific literacy levels rising rapidly and contributing to a shrinking gender gap.

Additionally, rural residents are catching up, with their scientific literacy growing faster than their urban counterparts, leading to a further reduction in the urban-rural disparity.

China sees a scientific literacy rate of at least 10 percent as a hallmark of a nation's innovative scientific and technological workforce. The rate reached 10.56 percent in 2020.

The growth in 2023 is particularly noteworthy considering China's status as a large developing country. It signifies a solid foundation for China's entry into the ranks of innovative nations.

However, there's still room for improvement. Compared to major developed countries, where scientific literacy rates range from 20 to 30 percent, China needs to maintain its efforts to close the gap.

(Cover via CFP.)

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