STEM pow­er­house am­bi­tions take a hit

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Science sub­jects will be hard­est hit by planned gov­ern­ment fund­ing cuts, ac­cord­ing to Uni­ver­si­ties Aus­tralia. The Aus­tralian re­ported that ac­cord­ing to the group’s fig­ures, science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and maths will lose A$405 mil­lion (£249 mil­lion) in base fund­ing over four years, or 35 per cent of the to­tal cut. “If we want Aus­tralia to be a STEM pow­er­house, we can’t af­ford to cut pub­lic fund­ing to train fu­ture sci­en­tists while also mak­ing science stu­dents pay more,” said Belinda Robin­son, head of Uni­ver­si­ties Aus­tralia. The gov­ern­ment’s pack­age – in­clud­ing a 2.5 per cent cut in univer­sity fund­ing, a 7.5 per cent rise in tu­ition fees and plans to al­lo­cate 7.5 per cent of fund­ing on a teach­ing per­for­mance­con­tin­gent ba­sis – will come down to votes in the Se­nate, where the gov­ern­ment does not have a ma­jor­ity.

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