The project ideas and partnership are firmly rooted into extensive previous experiences of participating partners. The underlying idea of the project was born as a result of communication between the core group (the Universities of Saarland and Alicante, the Universities in the partner countries and EURICE) bound together by a series of Tempus projects. The discussion demonstrated that there is a circle of common urgent problems characteristic of Universities in the countries in question, there is a pool of relevant expertise obtained by the European partners and there are emerging preconditions allowing effective exchange of experiences (in all directions). All other partner organizations have been invited to participate. Having studied the concept, basic project objectives and provisional results, they took part in developing and detailing the objectives and the workplan.