Presentation of reflections from the project IMPALA at the University of La Sabana

On Friday 8 April , within the framework of the closure of the Sustainability and BIC Companies, the presentation of the main learnings and reflections from the project IMPALA were presented  at the University of La Sabana.

The session was led by Juan Carlos Camelo, General Director of Social Projection and Co-creation, who has actively participated in the project IMPALA. The University’s Rector, Dr. Rolando Roncancio Rachid, and several deans, directors of administrative units, professors and managers of third mission’s activities attended too. 

During the event, Juan Carlos Camelo and Carolina Velásquez, coordinator of the project IMPALA at the university, shared the main progress that has been made during these last three years. Besides, reflections on the importance of university’s third mission’s projects’ impact assessment were exchanged.

The importance of differentiating between product – effect – and impact- was presented as one of the main learnings  when it comes to creating evaluation and monitoring indicators and tools. Another highlight was that the use of impact assessment methodologies promotes working by projects in interdisciplinary teams. In the transformation process towards a third generation University (U3G), it is important to bear in mind that the impact assessment framework must start in the third mission, while it is organically integrated in the other two University’s missions: teaching and research. This is particularly relevant taking into account the new national accreditation model.

Finally, the attendees declared that this type of international cooperation projects are of great importance for the strengthening of institutional capacities. They also highlighted the great opportunities to learn and exchange good practices within the consortium that have been created.

Presentation of IMPALA to UNAH’s Board of Directors

IMPALA project‘s Impact Assessment Framework (IAF), value chain, Institutional Impact Assessment Report and methodological tools were presented to the Board of Directors of the Agrarian University of Havana “Fructuoso Rodríguez Pérez” (UNAH).

Two things were highlighted during the presentation: the IAF and value chain’s usefulness to measure the relevance of the University’s actions with its environment; and the importance of replicating these learnings in the university’s community. Good practices and lessons learned were exhibited as well. 

The university has selected two projects to validate in the institution IMPALA’s IAF: Inclusion of students with disabilities at the UNAH; and Doctoral Training College at the Scientific Teaching Complex of the Mayabeque Province. The first one belonging to the Assistance Services typology and the second one to the Continuing Education typology.

Finally, replication workshops have been organized in all the faculties, areas and local university centres of the province as dissemination activities.

Presentation of the result of the pilot of the IMPALA projects in the II Congress of University Social Extension

On May 26, the Catholic University of Colombia was invited to present the results of the pilot of its two community action projects carried out as part of the fourth work of the IMPALA project, at the II Congress of University Social Extension El territorio como fundamento de la extensión (the territory as foundation of the extension). Marcela Del Campo, consultant to the Management of Extension and Coordinator of the project at the university, was in charge of showing the related projects. The first, the strengthening of citizen skills, and the second, the construction of culture and environmental awareness. This presentation was very well received among the more than one hundred participants in the event.

The impact measurement model of the third IMPALA mission continues to generate great expectations in Colombian universities. Therefore, the preliminary IAF (Impact Assessment Framework) has been shared with more than 50 higher education institutions interested in learning more about said model. The publications of the case studies and the methodology of the model are expected to be distributed at the national level and that the IMPALA model be adopted by many of them.

Typologies report is presented to the Board of Directors of the Catholic University of Colombia

At the end of April, the third mission’s typologies report, prepared by the Extension Directorate as a product of the third packet of the IMPALA project, was presented in first place to the board of directors of the university. The following are those who attended said meeting; dean Dr. Fransisco Gómez Ortiz, quality manager Dr. Cecilia Garzón,  vice chancellor of human talent Dr. Ricardo López and acting academic dean Dr. Carolina Arguello. In addition, the aforementioned report was presented in full to the university’s extension committee in which all university collaborators involved in the third mission participate. It should be noted that each chapter of the report was presented by the actors of each of the six typologies recognised in the impact measurement document of the third mission of the project, as well as by the national extension policy in Colombia, namely: continuing education, innovation management, community actions, assistance services, cultural management and advisory and consulting services.

It is important to note that the typologies report is a fundamental tool for the university in so far as it shows the outreach directions, its strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats as well as the good practices of this substantive function. Finally, the document provides interesting recommendations which can be implemented in the university with the goal to continue consolidating the third mission. 

Top managers’ meetings in the University of Panama

The University of Panama is hosting the regional conference of the Erasmus+ project IMPALA on 10 and 11 May 2022.

The staff involved in the project is meeting the university’s top management to present the project and one of the results of IMPALA: the institutional impact assessment report.

Ph.D. Ricardo PARKER, General Secretary of the University of Panama, Mgter Vielka CASTILLO from the General Secretariat; Ph.D. Yajaira CASTILLO, Deputy General Secretary and Ph.D. Maribel GÓMEZ from the academic vice-rectorate.

There was a meeting with Ing. Eldis BARNES, Dean of the faculty of agriculture and livestock sciences at the University of Panama. During the regional conference, one of the faculty’s projects will be presented in a panel on good practices of the university’s third mission.

The IMPALA team of the University of Panama also met with Mgter. Arnold MUÑOZ, administrative vice-rector of the University.

The team also met with PhD. Nimia HERRERA GUILLÉN, Director of lifelong-learning education of the third mission’s vice-rectorate. She will participate in a panel on good practices of the university’s third mission during the regional conference.