Marietta Spiekerman-Middelplaats is one of the pioneers and major promoter of the IDEA League program. It all began 1999 when she, in the company of the Rector of TU Delft Karel Wakker, visited Rector Konrad Osterwalder at the ETH in Zürich, to discuss various ideas for new strategic collaboration. In the following she describes the state of the art, and the expectations for the next decade of this rather unique and fascinating project.
Bernhard Braunecker, SPS Secretary
IDEA League today
The IDEA League is a network of five leading universities of technology and science, Imperial College London, TU Delft (Technische Universiteit Delft), ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich), RWTH Aachen (Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen) and Paris Tech (Grandes Ecoles d'Ingenieurs de Paris). In a world of accelerating globalisation of research and technology, the IDEA League aims to make an active contribution to the European agenda, and to participate in the programmes and actions of the EU (most notably the framework programmes), the platforms and the European Institute of Technology (EIT). This is the framework in which the IDEA League anchors its strategy on research, education and innovation. Established as a highly selective university network based on excellence, the IDEA League sees its task as paving the way for urgentlyneeded technological breakthroughs in Europe.
[Released: January 2010]