O IEP integrou o projeto IMPACT (International Mobility Program on Atlantic Citizenship Trends), entre 2010 e 2015, um consórcio de quarto universidades - UCP, Universidade de Trier, Universidade do Colorado em Boulder e Universidade de Massachusetts em Dartmouth - selecionado  pela Comissão Europeia e pelo Department of Education dos EUA para a Bolsa "ATLANTIS Excellence-in-Mobility 2010-2014".

O programa esteve activo entre 2010 e 2015, do qual usufruiram 33 estudantes e 8 professores.

O IMPACT dedicou-se exclusivamente ao estudo, investigação e ensino de temas relacionados com Cidadania, integrando temas relacionados como, por exemplo, imigração, naturalização, democracia, sociedade civil ou direitos humanos.

O programa IMPACT consistiu num intercâmbio transatlântico de estudantes e professores entre as duas universidades europeias e as duas universidades americanas. Os estudantes da UCP selecionados para participar neste programa receberam bolsas para estadias de um semestre letivo (cerca de 4 meses). Os professores admitidos a participar neste intercâmbio receberam bolsas para estadias entre 2 a 4 semanas.


IMPACT at a Glance
 

The International Mobility Program on Atlantic Citizenship Trends (IMPACT) was an EU-US ATLANTIS 'Excellence in Mobility' project, sponsored by the European Commission and the US Department of Education. IMPACT focused on the study of citizenship and citizenship-related issues such as immigration, naturalization, democracy, civil society, human rights, etc.

IMPACT consortia institutions are:

  • Catholic University of Portugal (EU lead institution)
  • University of Colorado at Boulder (US lead institution)
  • University of Trier (EU partner institution)
  • University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth (US partner institution)

IMPACT entails a student and faculty exchange for four years (2010/2011 until 2013/2014), exchanging a total of 12 students a year - 6 from the EU and 6 from the US -, and a total of 6 faculty members per year, 3 from each side. Each student will go abroad for one academic semester (approx. 4 months), while faculty and graduate teaching assistants will be exchanged in 2-4 week blocks. All IMPACT courses are taught in English.


IMPACT's Objectives
 

The main objectives of the International Mobility Program in Atlantic Citizenship Trends (IMPACT) are:

  • To give students from both sides of the Atlantic an opportunity to study current problems and future prospects for citizenship in the EU and the US;
     
  • To call attention to citizenship as one of the central issues of the democracies in the "Atlantic Alliance" For US students in Europe, this will mean learning about the unique nature of the EU, and its experiments with simultaneous national and EU citizenship;
     
  • To develop contributions to innovative educational teaching methods based on the use of web-based tools (web-based research and writing tools, thematic websites, blogs, video-conferencing, etc);
     
  • To call the attention of students from traditionally less hi-tech fields to the impact of developing and using web technologies in their daily academic work as well as international research projects;
     
  • To strengthen international academic cooperation in the field of citizenship studies for both participating faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates.