As English universities prepare to charge student fees of up to 9000 pounds per year, Kenneth Macdonald examines what it'll mean for the future of Scotland's seats of learning. It's been claimed our universities will be left behind. But is that really true - or does the real crisis lie elsewhere? Scots like to think their system is based on the ability to learn, not to pay. But is it really just giving more middle class kids a leg up? Should universities look to overseas students to boost their coffers? Could the answers lie in the cash-rich deserts of the Middle East? And what is university for anyway? A job or the greater good of us all?