Challenge Programme

Push yourself for an ambitious learning experience

Challenge Programme

The IDEA League Challenge Programme is an extra-curricular course for ambitious and talented students of our partner universities.

 It is geared towards students interested in future leadership roles, both in the public and private sector, who are drawn to issues at the intersection of technology and society. We’re talking about things like leadership, politics, entrepreneurship, and policy making.

The programme consists of four complementary modules, hosted alternately at our partner universities over a series of long weekends (Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon). Participants, typically third year bachelor’s or first year master’s students, will take part in a design-oriented programme. That means that you will not only analyse problems, but you will also get to design and present solutions. Since the programme is focused on real world problems, we will involve practitioners in our modules.


Challenge Programme 2022-2023

TU Delft & Politecnico di Milano

A political perspective: wicked problems, stakeholders and performance
6 – 9 October 2022, Lecco

ETH Zurich

An analytical perspective: assessing changing needs, wants, and behaviour
24 – 27 November 2022, Zurich


An economic perspective: balancing costs and societal benefits using moral judgement
23 – 26 February 2023, Gothenburg

RWTH Aachen

A design thinking and open innovation perspective: co-creating the Stakeholder Dialogue
13 – 16 April 2023, Aachen

Upcoming Challenge Programme

After an interruption due to COVID-19 restrictions throughout Europe, the Challenge Programme will be offered again in 2022-2023. Look out for more details coming soon.

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