The Fundación Universidad Empresa (FUERM) is a non-profit-making educational institution. It acts as an interface between universities and enterprises. It was established in March 1988 with the support of 50 firms who gradually became associated. Now, along with other newly incorporated firms and institutions, it comprises more than 350 enterprise associates many of whom are drawn from among the largest employers in Spain. The existence of the Fundación is the fruit of the integration of common interests amongst such entities, with the objective of fostering and developing dialogue and communication between universities and enterprises, as well as the promotion and fostering of all classes of study and research of interest to both parties. The Fundación has acted as a bridge between the two public Universities in the Region of Murcia, the University of Murcia and the University of Cartagena and many regional businesses and institutions within an international framework.