Project IMPALA progresses at the Congreso Universidad 2020

As part of the 12th international education congress – Congreso Universidad 2020 taking place at La Havana – Cuba, IMPALA project progresses are being presented. Mabelin Armenteros, vice-chancellor at Universidad Agraria de la Habana and Marcela Del Campo, director at the extension division at Universidad Catolica de Colombia present the session “Impala Project: An approximation to measuring universities’ third mission impact.”

The session illustrates its attendees the way in which a project’s structure contributes to building a reference framework to measure impact. Alternatively, achieved outcomes are also presented along with progresses from phases 1 and 2 plus project proposals aiming at piloting indicators built for the 9 third mission’s typologies, from the social, environmental, gnoseological and economical dimensions. Finally, the presenters share fundamental learnings for permanent project co-construction. 

It is expected that this project takes place as a response to one of university extension challenges: Third mission, which ultimately measures this fundamental function’s impact at the university. 

Preliminary Results of IMPALA were Presented at the EAIE

The annual EAIE conference (European Association for International Education) took place in Helsinki, Finland from the 24th to the 27th of September, 2019, gathering more than 6000 professionals from 95 countries around the world. The conference was the stage for sharing the strategic points of IMPALA (Strengthening Impact for Latin American Universities) in a presentation titled “Getting inspiration from South-South cooperation to reshape education partnerships.” This inspiring project encourages developmental cooperation for three reasons: first, it focuses on the third mission statement, a priority for Latin American countries; second, the structure of the project is very clear; and third, its methodology is based on the experiential application of the steps proposed in the structure and evaluation of the results.

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