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UNESCO Science Report 2010 : The Current Status of Science Around the World

While investment in R&D is growing globally (in volume), emerging countries are clearly gaining strength in science and technology, according to UIS data. This can be seen especially in terms of Asia’s share of gross domestic expenditure on research and development (GERD).


Led mainly by China, India and the Republic of Korea, Asia’s share increased from 27 to 32% between 2002 and 2007, according to UIS data. Over the same period, the three heavyweights, the European Union, USA and Japan, have registered a decrease. In 2002, almost 83% of research and development was carried out in developed countries; by 2007 this share had dropped to 76%.


This trend is even clearer when industry’s contribution to GERD is considered. Between 2000 and 2007, the private sector share of R&D spending, as a proportion of GDP, saw a sharp increase in Japan, China, Singapore and especially the Republic of Korea, while it remained stable in Germany, France, and the United Kingdom and even saw a slight decrease in the Russian Federation and the USA, according to UIS data.


The Science Report was written by a team of international experts. It presents an overview of global trends in science and technology, based on a wide range of qualitative and quantitative indicators produced by the UIS and other organizations. It is divided into chapters devoted to the various regions, with spotlights on certain individual countries.


Link to the Executive Summary


To order print copies, contact UNESCO Publishing.

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