IDEA League

The IDEA League is an alliance among five leading European universities of technology:

IDEA League
Stefan Bengtsson (2016-2017)

On October 6, 1999, the IDEA league was formed by the signing of a memorandum of understanding between four leading European universities of technology: Imperial College London, Delft University of Technology, ETH Zürich, and RWTH Aachen University. In 2006, ParisTech joined the collaboration. As of 2014, Chalmers University of Technology is a member of the IDEA League network. In 2016, Polytechnic University of Milan joined the IDEA League.

Each member has a respectable research-oriented profile and is the largest producer of engineering and science graduates in its own country. One of the IDEA League's main ambitions is to re-establish Europe as a technological and scientific leader by bundling academic resources and knowledge. The term IDEA comes from the first letter of each of the founding institutions.

Imperial College London confirmed its decision to withdraw from the IDEA League with effect from December 2012.[1] At the end of 2013, Paris Tech left the IDEA League because the university was restructuring in connection with the newly created Paris-Saclay campus.

Currently, three schools of the members of the alliance offer a Joint Masters in Applied Geophysics, where students spend one semester at each university (Delft University of Technology, ETH Zürich and RWTH Aachen University), then spend the fourth semester doing their thesis at one of the schools or in industry. The programme builds on the strengths and the complementary expertise in Earth Science at the three universities. It offers a combination of study and research. During the program students can specialize in either hydrocarbon exploration and management or environmental and engineering investigations, including geothermal energy exploration and management, and will also receive a solid background in the other speciality.[2]

Students of the IDEA League universities are represented by IDEALiStiC.


Current Members

Institution Location Established Joined Rector/President Total Number of Students** Website
Delft University of Technology Delft 1842 1999 Tim van der Hagen 19,000
ETH Zürich Zürich 1855 1999 Lino Guzzella 18,000
RWTH Aachen Aachen 1870 1999 Ulrich Rüdiger 42,000
Chalmers University of Technology Gothenburg 1829 2014 Stefan Bengtsson 11,000
Polytechnic University of Milan Milan 1863 2016 Ferruccio Resta 41,000
Note: **incl. doctoral students, all numbers for 2008

Former Members

Institution Location Established Joined Left Rector/President Total Number of Students Website
Imperial College London 1907 1999 2012 Alice Gast 16,610 (2015)
ParisTech Paris 1991 2006 2013 Jean-Philippe Vanot[3] 19,700 (2015)


  1. "Imperial's withdrawal from the IDEA League". Imperial College. October 29, 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  2. IDEA-League Joint Master's in Applied Geophysics
  3. "Missions | Portail ParisTech". Retrieved 2016-10-14.
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