The BEEHIVE project was selected for funding in 2016 under the Erasmus+ programme, Key Action 2: Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE). The CBHE projects aim to support the modernisazation, accessibility and internationalization of higher education systems and institutions based in the so called Partner Countries. The CBHE programme is built on the achievements of the Tempus, Alfa and Edu-link programmes. More information on the CBHE projects could be found on the website of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency.

Varna University of Management initiated the BEEHIVE project by building on the lessons learnt and the success of the Tempus IV project Leading and Managing Change in Higher Education (La MANCHE). The latter was coordinated by Varna University of Management and involved 28 universities in 10 European countries including Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.