Physical universities are ‘‘a place where you train to become a citizen,’’ Marmolejo says. ‘‘It is not the new technologies against the old system. It is the blended component that I believe may be the key.’’
In 1997, Marmolejo notes, the late management guru Peter Drucker predicted that big university campuses would be ‘‘relics’’ within 30 years. At roughly its halfway point, that prediction seems highly unlikely, despite all that has happened.
Still, universities ‘‘need to change and they will change,’’ Marmolejo says. ‘‘Technology will absolutely help them to change.’’
Robbie Corey-Boulet reported from Abidjan, Ivory Coast.