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 2019-2020

TU Delft & Politecnico di Milano

Politics: dealing with conflicting frames in a multi-stakeholder context
3-6 October 2019

RWTH Aachen

Social Responsibility and Innovation
21-24 November 2019


Leadership for economic and social value
21-23 February 2020

ETH Zurich

Reducing Society’s Environmental Footprint of Metals and Mining
24-26 April 2020 (cancelled, due to Covid-19 restrictions throughout Europe)

Upcoming Challenge Programme

Due to the measures in place throughout Europe in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to offer the Challenge Programme in 2020. A new and improved Challenge Programme will be offered in the autumn of 2021.

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Take your research to the next level.

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