Goal and scope

Realization of a long-standing idea

The Joint Summer School in Information Science (JoSSIS) represents the realization of a long-standing idea by which the University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons (FHGR) from Switzerland and University of Zadar (UNIZD) from Croatia will extend their existing academic activities by providing additional educational and research opportunities to students during the summer break (August/September).

Information science and other related topics

At both institutions we share a common interest for a wide range of topics in the broader field of Information Science as well in relevant topics from other related academic fields or disciplines.

Open minded and joyful learning environment

Our courses are designed to challange and inspire participants in a open minded and joyful learning environment without forntiers. In addition to intensive learning, research and development, JoSSIS also promotes the idea of active networking and spending time together in interesting fun and sports activities.

JoSSIS 2020 in focus

Joint Summer School in Information Science 2020 takes place from 24th August till 4th September 2020 at the University of Zadar (Croatia).

JoSSIS courses are free to all participants who are later, after receiving the official acceptance letter, responsible for other personal costs that will incure during their stay in Zadar (travel, accommodation, food, etc.).

FHGR and UNIZD students receive first priority for JoSSIS enrollment. All other applicants are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to seat availability.

ECTS points

JoSSIS intensive summer courses last two weeks with a workload od 120 hours. JoSSIS awards academic credits (ECTS) for successfully completed courses during the summer school programe. Typically, the workload corresponds to 4 ECTS-credits. To include these credits in the curriculum of your degree, you need to obtain official approval from your home institution/department.

Upon completion of a course, the Joint Summer School in Information Science (JoSSIS) issues a certificate that states:

    • the student’s name,
    • ID-number,
    • grade (Pass/Fail), and
    • the number of awarded ECTS credits.


University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons (FHGR) / Switzerland

University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons is an innovative and entrepreneurial university of applied sciences with over 2,000 students. It trains people to become responsible and skilled professionals and managers. As a university of applied sciences with strong regional roots, University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons attracts students from beyond the canton and even from outside Switzerland with its welcoming atmosphere.

University of Zadar, Department of Information Sciences (UNIZD) / Croatia

University of Zadar is the largest integrated University in the Republic of Croatia, which includes 25 university departments. Departments perform studies on three levels: undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate. The total number of students in the previous mentioned studies is 6000, and the total number of the University’s employees is 598, out of which there are 422 teaching staff.

Program and Organising Committee


Bernard Bekavac

Bernard Bekavac

Armando Schär

Armando Schär

Wolfgang Semar

Wolfgang Semar

Caroline Dalmus

Caroline Dalmus


Franjo Pehar

Franjo Pehar

Mate Juric

Nikolina Peša Pavlović

Nikolina Peša Pavlović

JoSSIS 2020 courses

Course 01: Product Management for Digital Business

Product Manager is besides modern software engineering and sales one of the most sought after positions by digital businesses such as Swisscom, Google, Avrios and Leonteq.
This summer school elective will help you to acquire sound knowledge to manage products for digital business models in the areas of productization, promotion & roll-out as well as feedback & education to land a job at the intersection of business, technology and design.

Course 02: Doing Research in the Digital Age

Research is influenced by new technologies just like most aspects of our everyday life are. Technological innovations not only alter and extend what we can analyze but also how we can analyze it. In this two-week course students will have the great opportunity to learn about research in the digital age, old and new phenomena that can be investigated and digital as well as digitized research methods that may be used for this purpose. Further, the students will undertake a small research project and thereby easily learn how to properly collect, process and analyze data. The goal of this workshop is to broaden the students’ knowledge of research methods, raise their awareness for the chances and challenges new technologies pose to research and improve their methodological and statistical skills in a comprehensible and hands-on manner.