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Many in the Australian higher education sector feel left behind in the 2021-22 Budget after a difficult financial year with reduced international student revenue. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced $19 billion (US$14.8 billion) in funding for universities in his budget speech in Parliament on Tuesday evening. The measures include creating new employment pathways for students, funding scholarships for women in STEM programs, and supporting international science and technology collaborations. Over $216 million in funding will also go into establishing additional nursing scholarships to grow and upskill the aged-care workforce. The federal government also plans to provide around $30,000 (US$23,500) per PhD graduate undertaking industry placements to encourage greater university-industry collaboration under the Research Training Program. However, the peak industry body for the sector, Universities Australia, said the federal government’s assumption that borders would remain closed posed “very serious challenges” for universities. “With assumptions around borders being shut until mid-2022 now baked …