Shared services plan for Wrexham university and college
Wrexham's Glyndwr University and Yale College have submitted plans to share services to the Welsh Assembly Government.
The two bodies said a partnership would enhance the provision of education in the area, although they claim they do not know what services will be shared.
They already share procurement services and plan to share payroll services.
If their "strategic outline" is accepted a full business case will be requested by the assembly government.
The case will be considered by the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS).
Despite having submitted the application and commissioning a consultancy to identify possible options, a website shared by the universities said it was "impossible to provide definitive answers" on what future services might be combined, until further research.
They say each would "retain identity, autonomy, mission and vision".
The university and the college said the plans had been submitted as part of the assembly government's transformation agenda.
An initial response is expected from DCELLS in the new year.
Professor Michael Scott, vice-chancellor and chief executive of Glyndwr University, said: "We are already working together to share services, to serve the needs of the region and students and to enable the best possible teaching."
Paul Croke, the Yale College principal, said: "Both Yale and Glyndwr are absolutely committed to the development of enhanced learning opportunities, the development of staff and securing financial sustainability in the current economic climate."