Cuban universities receive the equipment from the project IMPALA

On 3 November 2021, the Cuban universities of the project IMPALA received the equipment which will allow them to this ERASMUS+ project’s objectives and ensure the sustainability of its results.

The equipment will support the work of the departments in the University of Camagüey in charge of the institution’s third mission directly connected to the project IMPALA, in particular, for the project’s coordination and management, as well as the third mission’s tipologies. 

Equipment in the University of Camagüey “Ignacio Agramonte Loynaz”

It has been already used for the III International Scientific Convention Universidad central “Marta Abreu” de Las Villas, in online meetings related to the development of the Local University Centres, or for communicating with members of the university’s community. 

Equipment in the Central University “Marta Abreu” de Las Villas

The University of Holguin (UHo) and the Agrarian University of Havana “Fructuoso Rodríguez Pérez” (UNAH) will seek to give continuity to the process of creating a new third mission activities’ impact evaluation framework, and continue the support to the various training activities of the IMPALA project.

Equipment in the University of Holguin

It is important to mention that all institutions received this IT equipment when activities and meetings had to be held online, due to the epidemiological situation caused COVID-19.

Equipment in the Agrarian University of Havana “Fructuoso Rodríguez Pérez”

IMPALA as a best practice for internationalisation during the CICT-UC

On 24 November, the project IMPALA was presented as a best practice for internationalisation of the 3rd mission in Latin America, as part of the International Scientific and Technological Convention of the University of Camagüey. The convention aimed at sharing best practices and information in a world of constant challenge, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals of the Agenda 2030 of the United Nations. 

During the session, Ms. Marta BUSQUETS from Universitat Ramon Llull – ESADE, Dr. Madalena FONSECA from Universidade do Porto and Mr. Jean-Baptiste MAILLARD from EFMD presented the theoretical background of internationalisation, shared practical examples based on collaboration projects between the European Union and Latin America (among which, FORINT – Fortalecimiento de la Internacionalización entre las unviersidades europeas y latinoamericanas) and how internationalisation was present in the 3rd mission activities, as identified in the institutional reports of the IMPALA partners. 

The Convention was the first occasion to present the conclusion of the institutional reports published as part of the work package 3, with the identification and analysis of the 3rd mission activities in each university. In the first quarter of 2022, partners will organise a round-table to exchange and reflect on the process. This will also pave the way for the publication of a best practice book, sharing the experience of the IMPALA partners and advice on how to engage in this process. The deliverable is expected for October 2022. 

Pilot of the second project beings at the Catholic University of Colombia

The Catholic University of Colombia has started the pilot of its second project, which is part of the typologies assistance services, cultural management and community actions. This project is called “Construction of Culture and environmental awareness with children and young people in some sectors of the 57 Zonal Planning Unit (UPZ by its acronym in Spanish) Gran Yomasa from 2016 to 2020”.

The main objective of the aforementioned project is to promote in girls, boys and young people the awareness of caring for the environment and responsible pet ownership as a contribution to the education processes to provide for the improvement of living conditions in the micro-territories involved.

To measure this objective, the following subprojects worked, among others, are taken into account:

  • Reforestation of riverbanks for the conservation of the Bolonia stream associated with the Rincón de Bolonia community in the locality of Usme.
  • Selection of structural alternative for the fog catcher project to use at the Ofelia Uribe de Acosta District School.
  • Technical-social support for the development of sustainable energy projects at Ofelia Uribe de Acosta School – Yomasa, Bogotá D.C.
  • Environmental waste management program for the community of the San Marcelino Champagnat Pastoral Service Center.
  • Urban agriculture in Yomasa: “Sembrando Futuro”.
  • Efficiency of wind energy in Yomasa “pilot test Ofelia Uribe de Acosta School”.
  • Design of a wind turbine to generate electrical energy at the Ofelia Uribe de Acosta school, Yomasa community.
  • Agrimation 1.0: automated agricultural prototype of sprouts at the San Marcelino Champagnat Center.
  • Water Collector 1.0: development of a water collection system.
  • AGRODROYD: monitoring system for the care and irrigation of agricultural products in urban crops.
  • Manual for the monitoring and stability of the slope at Ofelia Uribe de School.
  • Grooving of water supply for the greenhouse at the Ofelia Uribe de Acosta School.
  • Strategies for the recovery of the round of the Yomasa stream.
  • Home systems for collecting rainwater.
  • Piping and management of fog catcher water, Ofelia Uribe de Acosta School, Usme locality.
  • “Huellitas al Rescate” Project

These subprojects register approximately 80 activities carried out with the community and around 200 girls, boys and young people trained in caring for the environment.

Measuring the repercussion of this project will allow the university to know how much it has managed to transform this community.

IMPALA was at the OIS seminar

On December 10, the IMPALA project was presented at the OIS International Seminar on Good Practices in Internationalization. The presentation IMPALA project, “Strengthening the impact measurement of the third mission” was presented in the framework of the international extension programs and initiatives and development cooperation programs category, after having obtained one of the best marks in the aforementioned category. The presentation was made by Marcela Del Campo M., Extension Director of the Catholic University from Colombia and Coordinator of the IMPALA project at the same institution.

Undoubtedly, this project leads the way in relation to the measurement of impact in extension education, a topic that arouses great interest in Latin America, and that is among the priorities of the universities that comprise it.

Presentation of the impact assessment framework of the third mission from IMPALA at an International event

On November 5th, Marcela Del Campo, Coordinator of the IMPALA project at the Catholic University of Colombia, presented the first version of the impact assessment framework of the third IMPALA mission at the international event called: “conception, management and measurement of extension”. This event was held on November 5th within the framework of the close relationship between the National Extension Network of ASCUN and the Mexican Network of University Extension ANUIES.

The event was attended by a large group of extension education workers from various countries in Central and South America, as follows: 59 Mexican participants, 4 Argentine participants, 4 Panamanian participants, 23 Colombians, 4 Guatemalans and 20 Chilean participants.

The presentation of the project was received with great enthusiasm and, from that moment on, various options have been requested to continue sharing the project and its achievements.