The IDEA League, consisting of five major European technical universities, is committed to the highest international standards in both research and education. The institutions have agreed to strengthen the League by establishing research collaborations to take a lead in addressing the scientific and technological needs of Europe. The IDEA partners use common quality management principles for their educational programmes. Setting up joint master programmes are also on the League's agenda. In addition to educational issues, the IDEA institutions are also actively collaborating in areas such as international activities, mobility, admissions, communications, gender issues, ethics, and institutional research. Collaborations are fostered at all levels to share best practice.