Insights from the UK and beyond
Time was when a British education had a cachet, especially among Britain's far-flung colonial territories.
But could the prestige of even a Cambridge or Oxford degree be a little dulled in these parlous days for the British economy, now labouring under massive public debt and a decade-high unemployment rate?
That appears to be the case in the former British colony of Singapore, whose rapid economic development since independence in 1965 has seen it accumulate hundreds of billions of dollars in reserves and attain a GDP per capita on par with Italy.
The city-state's newest opposition politician Kenneth Jeyaretnam has complained that the Singapore press -- often accused giving more favorable coverage to the ruling party -- has been referring to him as a "British-trained economist".