It may seem like a simple concept - the best ones usually are - but for the man at the helm of the worldwide university sports movement, the need for greater cooperation and a more synchronised approach to the staging and delivery of major international multi-sport events will be a key focus going forward as International University Sports Federation (FISU) President Claude-Louis Gallien and his extended "FISU Family" pack their bags in Trentino and look forward to Granada 2015 and beyond.
The theme of cooperation and compromise can perhaps sum up the staging of the 26th Winter Universiade here in Trentino too, as they were a Games patched up and stuck together like a last-minute Christmas present, due to the 18 months given to Trentino 2013 President Sergio Anesi and his colleagues, to ensure the winter sport extravaganza went ahead after the failings of original host Maribor.
With no time to construct a central Athletes' Village, Anesi and his team had to come up with alternative plans and through cooperation and dialogue with authorities in the five separate regions that make up the northern Italian city of Trento, venues were readied, transport systems put in place and some 85 hotels were summoned to provide shelter for the athletes and officials
"Well it has been much better than I expected," Gallien told insidethegames.
"I expected that it could be good, but it has been really good.
"Each Universiade is very different and all of them are a specific case.
"This one was really different.
"As usual there have been some small difficulties here and there but I believe we have avoided as far as can be the main problems in the fact that we had no village but the students and the heads of delegations have been very flexible. They perhaps would have liked to be in a [central] Athletes' Village but they appreciate also the small hotels around the place.
"When we chose Trentino, we knew them very well. They had been candidates for organising the Games in 2017 but had to withdraw for financial reasons. So we knew the people [Organising Committee] and we knew they had prepared a lot of things and we knew the region.
"When you have the Alps and the Dolomites, all the slopes and all the venues for ice sport, then you are on the shoulders of a giant."
Gallien, who is a former French University hammer champion, spoke to insidethegames in the lobby of the Grand Hotel Trento where he and his colleagues have been based throughout their two-week stay here. Elected as FISU President at the organisation's 32nd General Assembly during the Shenzhen 2011 Summer Universiade, the 71-year-old, who beat then incumbent George Killian of the United States by 76 votes to 67, is midway through his stint as chief decision-maker at the organisation.
And it is another chief-decision maker in the world of sports administration - the biggest chief of them all - International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, who is at the top of Gallien's to-meet list.
Although he admits that both FISU and the IOC are worlds apart in terms of size and influence, he claims that both organisations share many similar traits and face a lot of the same problems when it comes to the rather bureaucratic world of international sports governance.
Calling for a more joined-up approach and the greater sharing of ideas is hardly a knock-you-off-your-stool moment when such all-encompassing and grandiose rhetoric from men and women who hold similar positions of power to Gallien is heard almost every time they step up to make a speech.
So, what's new?
Well, according to Gallien, he is eager to "rendezvous" with Bach, who was elected as IOC President at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires back in September replacing Belgian Jacques Rogge, because he has some "interesting proposals" to put to the German. Declining to go into specifics, Gallien gave a broad outline of what these propositions are centred around.
"We are trying to develop a new strategy because the world of sport is changing a lot," Gallien said.
"I want to be proactive.
"I want to be nearer the IOC.
"There is a new President and I will be planning to meet him in Sochi [at the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics] and then again after the Winter Games.
"I have some proposals [to put to him] because I think we have the same origin because we believe in the Olympic spirit and education and sport.
"We are very complimentary in the domain of sport, youth and education.
"We [Universiades] are an intermediate between the Youth Olympic Games [YOG] and the Olympics.
"I would propose that we should look at how we can use our level of similarity at the level of athletes. Universiades contain high levels of performance and we can be a kind of filter for the Olympics.
"We are similar in terms of organising events. Bach has the same problems as me like developing good relationships with International Federations [IFs]. I mean I know perfectly well that the IOC and FISU are on totally different scales but at least it could be interesting to discuss these things.
"We are similar too in that we organise big events. We organise two huge events every two years, while the IOC organises two massive events every four years. If you think that with our Universiades, we can be seen as a test event for Olympic bidding cities.
"I mean, I don't want the IOC to eat FISU but I believe that we can cooperate in a very big way and maybe we can develop cooperation like the IOC has with the Paralympics [International Paralympic Committee (IPC)]."
FISU claims that the Universiade is the second biggest sporting event in the world after the Olympics. It claims there were around a record 12,000 athletes at this year's Kazan 2013 Summer Universiade and almost 3,000 here in Trentino for the Winter version, and it seems that the Games are definitely on an upward spiral in terms of participation.
However, while the numbers are increasing in terms of participants, the same cannot be said when it comes to bidding to host the biennial events. Granada, which will host the 27th Winter Universiade in 2015, was the only bidder for the event when it was awarded in 2009, while last month, Krasnoyarsk in Russia was granted the hosting rights for the 2019 Winter Universiade after the only other bidder, Valais in Switzerland pulled out.
Baku officials decided against going ahead with their 2019 proposal just a week before the host city announcement was due to be made, claiming that it wanted to concentrate on ensuring the delivery of the three major events set to take place there in the coming years which include the inaugural European Games in 2015, the 2016 World Chess Olympiad and the Islamic Solidarity Games in 2017.
Rather farcically, Hungarian capital Budapest, which has hosted the Games in 1935, 1949, 1954 and 1965, pulled out the day before the host city was to be chosen, leaving FISU officials with an easy decision to make, or rather no decision at all.
Predictably, Gallien tried to play down the fact that such a raft of withdrawals may be cause for alarm, before confidently predicting that the bidding process for the 2021 and 2023 Universiades will see a larger pool of potential bidders.
"No we are not concerned, I mean obviously I would have preferred more but we have to adapt sometimes," Gallien said.
"We have very good contacts with Valais, but you have to consider that these people have their own politics in Switzerland. There is a federal state and the regions are different. They changed the Government in Valais around the moment they were going to decide whether to bid or not and they chose not to. But, Valais was a very, very good candidate.
"We could have a fear that taking only one candidate might not be good, but we have such good contacts now with the Russians after Kazan 2013.
"We were confident about Krasnoyarsk and not afraid of what could happen.
"I would have preferred more candidates and in the future we will have more.
"But, the one thing is, that each candidate does not like to lose and we negotiate with interested candidates very carefully and explain to them what is going on.
"For us it is important to also have a good relationship with Russia, which is the largest country in the world, and personally I think going to Siberia is very good because it is the future of Europe."
Krasnoyarsk 2019 will be the first time Russia has hosted the Winter Universiade and following on from Kazan 2013, the upcoming Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, it will complete Russia's "Decade of Sport".
Similarly, the 2019 Summer Games in Brasília will bookend Brazil's period in the international sporting spotlight, and like in Russia, FISU will be following in the slipstream of FIFA and the IOC once again as the South American country will have hosted the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, before the Universiade takes place in the Brazilian capital.
However, as witnessed at this summer's FIFA Confederations Cup and in subsequent months since, anger and frustration in Brazil at the perceived lack of quality and increasing costs of public services has led to a raft of protests across the country against the money being spent on hosting major sporting events.
The 2019 Universiade, which will be the second to take place in Brazil after Porto Alegre in 1963, is expected to cost in the region of £616 million ($986 million/€736 million) but Gallien rejects any suggestions that the Games will be the subject of further public fury, insisting that the student population and the young people of Brazil have demonstrated their desire to see the event return to the country after what will have been a 56-year absence.
"We can use our specificity to our advantage," Gallien told insidethegames.
"We are a niche organisation, and our focus is on university sport and students, as well as considering health, sustainability and development programmes.
"I have been in Brazil and met President Dilma Rousseff and her Government and what is important for them is that they want to have these Games to make [positive changes in the country's youth].
"There is a very strong students union in Brazil, which is half a continent, and they have indicated that they want to have these Games and will support them, and if you have the support of them then that is very important."
"Six years before the Games we have strong support for them from young people in Brazil.
"That's what Universiades do, they bring young people together."
Gary Anderson is a reporter for insidethegames. You can follow him on Twitter here.