The forecasts for the shape of the "global talent pool" in 2020 show China as rapidly expanding its graduate numbers - set to account for 29% of the world's graduates aged between 25 and 34.

The biggest faller is going to be the United States - down to 11% - and for the first time pushed into third place, behind India.

The US and the countries of the European Union combined are expected to account for little more than a quarter of young graduates.

The real new order of the world:

This changing world map will see Brazil having a bigger share of graduates than Germany, Turkey more than Spain, Indonesia three times more than France.


According to the Chicago Tribune, undergraduates will face about a $20 billion increase in the cost of these loans, while graduate students will have to pay an estimated $18 billion out-of-pocket within the next decade.