What makes you happy? And, how much is your happiness worth?
The success rate of universities and their prices are brought to question. Do "better" universities have more of an incentive to graduate their students (who might be in wealthier families or are well-connected)? James Hamilton pointed out that students seem to prefer prestigious research universities. Seems to me that the job market prefers students from prestigious research universities.
As much as Africa is progressing, they don't have very many trade links, and are disconnected from the global economy.
Some money news. Poverty is up, and income is down.