The consortium consists of partners, which have a long history of cooperation, and new participants.
The coordinator, the University of Konstanz (UKON), has had cooperation with Kyiv National Economic University (KNEU) for more than 20 years within DAAD projects and Erasmus+ projects (BUSEEG led by the Vienna University of Business and Economics, ITE-VET led by the University of Konstanz), and Vienna University of Business and Economics (WU) within the above mentioned Erasmus+ projects and within collaborative scientific and student exchange activities. These three partners make the core of the consortium ensuring its reliability. It seemed sensible to include a Southern European country within the project due to different patterns of vocational education and training and vocational teacher training compared to Austria or Germany, therefore, the Roma Tre University joined the project consortium.
The Institute of Vocational Education and Training of the National Pedagogical Academy of Ukraine is also a former partner of the University of Konstanz in the last Erasmus+ Project ITE-VET. It is a research institute in Ukraine, which has scientific connections with Ukrainian higher education institutions that are active in vocational education research and VET institutions (schools, colleges, centers). Ukrainian Engineering Pedagogics Academy, the National Transport University and the South Ukrainian National Pedagogical University are among such higher education institutions. Both universities have a modest history of participation in Erasmus+ projects, however, they are important higher education institutions in the sphere of vocational teacher training in Ukraine.
Because the project PAGOSTE aims at improving the governance mechanisms in vocational teacher education in Ukraine at the national level, it was of crucial importance to invite the Ministry of Education and Sciences in Ukraine as the main state executive body in the sphere of education. The Ministry identified the potential of the project, which goes in line with the current reforming processes in VET in Ukraine, and accepted the invitation to the project.
The need to establish closer links or even solid “bridges” between higher education institutions and vocational schools and thus to improve vocational teacher training as well vocational education in Ukraine was the crucial motivation, which united the universities and state organisations from four countries.