sorely need/badly need

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Senior Member
Mandarin / the Shanghai Dialect

“Whether on its Lakeland campus or eventually at its SunTrax proving ground in Auburndale, Florida Polytechnic University is the place to find the cutting edge of learning in demanding scientific and technological academic disciplines that our state and nation sorely need.”

From Editorial: The old-school ways of our newest university

Are “sorely need” and “badly need” interchangeable in the sentence? Is there a nuanced difference between them?
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