Unipanamericana was founded in 1978 as an Institute of Vocational Education. In 1992, meeting the training needs of our students, it decided to change its status to technological institution.

Ten years later, Unipanamericana became a university, thanks to the gradual development of its functions of teaching, research and community service, reflected in the recognition of its students and graduates within the productive sector. Since then, the University has been divided into four schools: Education, Engineering, Communications, and Economics sciences.

In December 2007, the institution was acquired by the “family benefit found Compensar”, which enhanced the institutional growth and relational environment. Similarly, in 2009, the institution got linked to the Mondragón Group from Spain which strengthened the institution not only in the academic field, but as well from the perspective of the relation with the productive sector; allowing to improve the programs offered and opening new possibilities for personnel exchange with the University of Mondragon (MU).

Since 2009 Unipanamericana has assumed an important role among higher education institutions in Colombia not only because of its commitment with the vulnerable population but also because of its educational model which is characterized by the development of skills and values all through the learning process, the innovation on teaching methods and the intensive use of information and communication technologies.

Nowadays, Unipanamericana has campuses in some of the most important cities of Colombia: Bogota, Cali and Villavicencio. This situation allows it to offer an unprecedented number of programmes and grants aimed to transform the lives of young people in the country.

Regarding academic mobility, Unipanamericana has a large experience in international projects and mobility issues. In 2007, Unipanamericana was part of the consortium of the INTER project (Postgraduate Euro-Latin-American Programme in intercultural Education) funded by the ALFA II programme.

Unipanamericana has academic cooperation with Higher Education Institutions in Europe, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Therefore, more than 200 students have had the opportunity to spend a several days or moths abroad and share with students coming from many different countries.

Furthermore, Unipanamericana has been involved in a diverse range of projects aiming at improving the quality of life of people from the most vulnerable sectors. Such is the case of the “Alternativas En Educación Inclusiva en La Formación Inicial de Educadores” project, aiming to conceive and develop new tools and methodologies for making education institutions more accessible to students with disabilities. This project was funded by the Saldarriaga Concha Foundation and the Organisation of Ibero-American States.

Finally, in 2011 Unipanamericana was selected by the Colombian Ministry of Education to take part in the “Fomento a la internacionalización de la educación superior” project, which main objective was to promote the internationalisation of Colombian higher education institutions.

UPB at LAURDS

As participant and co-executor of various work packages of this project, Unipanamericana will be responsible for its technical management. Therefore, will produce specific deliverables according to the project layout, in cooperation with partners.

Unipanamericana will be responsible for:
• To develop a toolkit regarding research culture.
• Share and implement the toolkit in LA Universities.
• Run workshops with the purpose of refining the toolkit and review progress.
• Publish the final version and facilitate access to the results.
• Organise a venue event and support information related to it.
• Ensure visibility, awareness raising, project promotion and communication between partners.
• Lead activities as accorded with the partners and ensure the implementation of activities defined to accomplish the different deliverables.
• Contribute to the preparation of meantime reports that must be submitted to the Partners.
• Identify the project risks and establish contingency plans to be implemented in case of occurrence.

Additionally, Unipanamericana must ensure the timely delivery of relevant information for the publication of the calls for the activities in which is involved and the decision-making process.