My formal education is in Computer Science (BA from the Interdisciplinary Center) where I have been more than formally educated and had a chance to meet a lot of new friends (teachers included…).
Besides the formal education, I am a firm believer in self teaching – as in “huh, that looks interesting, lets see how it works…” (That’s how you end up being a “good” hacker working for an information security consulting company and heading their Unix & Internet department…). This is the real thing. I would not say that the University did not give me a lot (believe me it did!), but I do believe that a lot of people can go to the University, and end up with a degree that’s not worth the paper it’s printed on (unfortunately I meet people like that from time to time – and it does not matter how high or low their University is ranked…).