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.

IMPALA is recognized as one of the best internationalization practices in Ibero-American universities.

The Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI) selected the Strengthening IMPAct of Latin American universities / IMPALA project as a quality practice that promotes the internationalization of continuing education. The evaluation was carried out by a panel of experts that reviewed 83 experiences, in which 59 universities from 14 countries throughout the region participated.

This process was carried out by the OEI along with the International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (IESALC) -UNESCO, the Autonomous University of Bucaramanga de Colombia (UNAB), the University of Alcalá of Spain (UAH), the National University of Córdoba of Argentina and the Colombian Association of Universities (ASCUN).

The IMPALA project, funded by the European Union, designs and implements an impact evaluation system in third mission (continuing education), inspired by the experience of the EU and adapted to three (3) contexts of Latin American countries (Cuba, Panama and Colombia). 19 partners participate:


  • EFMD – The Management Development Network – Bélgica
  • Universita’ Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore– Italia
  • ESADE Business School – España
  • Universitat Politècnica de València– España
  • Nova School of Business and Economics (NOVA) – Portugal 
  • Universidade do Porto – Portugal


  • Colombian Association of Management Faculties (ASCOLFA)
  • University of Antioquia
  • Catholic University of Colombia
  • Valle University
  • La Sabana University
  • Pontifical Javeriana University


  • Ministry of Higher Education
  • University of Camagüey “Ignacio Agramonte Loynaz”
  • Central University “Marta Abreu” of Las Villas
  • University of Holguín (UHO)
  • Agrarian University of Havana


  • Specialized University of the Americas (UDELAS)
  • University of Panama (UP)

IMPALA obtained one of the best scores in the category “International extension initiatives and development cooperation programs”. Consequently, the practice will be published in the Ibero-American Manual of Good Practices in Internationalization (MIBPI) of the OEI and the experience will be presented by the Catholic University of Colombia in the Ibero-American Seminar on Quality Practices in Internationalization, on December 9th and 10th 2020.

For further information about the project you can visit: http://impalaproject.eu/es/el-proyecto/ or email to: impalaerasmus@ucatolica.edu.co

Dissemination of IMPALA in Cuba

During the months of September and October 2020 at the University of Holguín (UHo), several dissemination events have been held within the framework of the IMPALA Project. In this way, the results and work perspectives of the project are spread at different levels of the university community. These events were used to consolidate the need to foster a culture of impact in Higher Education Institutions associated with the activities and projects of the Third Mission.

The events allowed the coordinating group of the project by the UHo to share, within the framework of the Board of Directors, with the main directors of the institution, as well as to approach the Faculties and share with professors and researchers the tools designed within the framework of the project: “Impact assessment framework” y “Guidelines for the application of the Impact Assessment Framework in project management”.

The dissemination sessions were also used to launch, at an institutional level, IMPALA Work Packages 3 and 4, and also to analyze the institutional articulation necessary to achieve them. With the development of these work packages, an analysis of the management carried out by each institution according to the Third Mission will be carried out, as well as the implementation of the Impact Assessment Framework in the development of activities or projects related to services to the society.