International Programs

Unisinos International Summer and Winter School


Summer Session: January 13- 17, 2020

Winter Session: July 20 - 31, 2020 (Module 1: July 20 - 24, 2020 / Module 2: July 27 - 31, 2020)

· Monday through Friday, 5 days/week · Morning Class 9am ~12pm
· Afternoon Class or Visit 2pm ~ 5pm
· All classes are in English

This course is designed for undergraduate and graduate students, professors, researchers, professionals and policymakers who are interested in innovation ecosystems and/or industry 4.0.


Innovation ecosystems are at the heart of thriving economies. Developed countries such as the United States, Germany and Israel, to name only a few, are known globally for having ecosystems that propel the creation of high value-adding businesses across different sectors. Industry 4.0, which promises to revolutionize various aspects of societies and economies, goes hand in hand with this reality. Both realms are intertwined.

A crucial question imposes itself in this context: how can innovation ecosystems related to industry 4.0 be created and expanded in developing countries? The answer to this question holds the promise that the gap between poor and rich countries will not continue to widen indefinitely.

This is the backdrop to our course. You will learn about the state-of-the-art of industry 4.0 and innovation ecosystems, but, most importantly, you will be able to see how such realities have been taking shape in the context of a major developing country. Brazil’s economic, social, and institutional contexts are complex and present challenges for entrepreneurial and innovation initiatives, as well as offering great potential for development. Successful examples exist and they have been leading the dash towards industry 4.0 in the country.

In this course, you will:

· Learn the basics of innovation ecosystems and industry 4.0 and their specificities regarding the institutional context of a developing country
· Understand the current streams of research involving both realities
· Visit industry 4.0-related companies and startups embedded in local innovation ecosystems

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Program Content

Design Strategies for the Future of Healthcare

We will discuss design strategies to support the development of healthcare, focusing on future-oriented scenarios, patient experience and digital health. We will also discuss applied design research in the healthcare field and visit a public healthcare facility.

Emerging Technologies Enabling the Future Intelligent World

This class will introduce the state-of-the-art of leading emerging technologies for enabling innovation ecosystems, such as smart devices, edge and cloud computing, mobile communications. Includes a visit to ITT Chip (Semiconductor Technology Institute) at Unisinos São Leopoldo campus.

High-tech Entrepreneurship + Business Growth

How are innovation ecosystems conducive to the creation and proliferation of high-tech businesses in Brazil? How Brazilian businesses have been mobilizing industry 4.0 tools to grow? We will get to know the reality of local high-tech SMEs. These entrepreneurs will tell us about the challenges faced in a developing context and the strategies they mobilize to tackle them when engaging to an innovation ecosystem

Social Impact of Fake News: Technological Innovation in Communication Research

We will engage the attendants at workstations to present them with different research approaches employed in the field of communication studies and to show how these approaches can be mobilized within the context of innovation ecosystems.

Current Studies on Innovation Ecosystems and Industry 4.0 (Brazil and LATAM): The Development of the Internet of Things in Brazil

Presentation and discussion of a nationwide research project focused on the development of the Internet of Things technologies in Brazil. We will also visit an international Brazilian company to discuss the development of Industry 4.0 in the local context.


· Either hold a bachelor degree or be in the last year of an undergraduate course
· Understand spoken and written English

Only those who attend a minimum of 75% of the course will receive the conclusion certificate.


Two modules: US$ 600
One module: US$ 350

The fee can be paid by credit card or invoice. Visit the Valley of the Vineyards during the weekend is an optional cultural activity and must be paid separately. Please contact us to indicate your interest.


Students are responsible for booking the accommodation. We encourage you to choose a place close to the Unisinos Campus Porto Alegre located at Av. Nilo Peçanha, 1640, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Hotels nearby:

Novotel Três Figueiras
Holiday Inn
Swan Business Molinos
Swan Tower
ibis Moinhos de Ventos
Laghetto Viverone

Group accommodation can be negotiated by your home university. Please e-mail us:global@unisinos.br.

Useful Information


Visitor Visas (VIVIS) are aimed at those travelling to Brazil for maximum stays of up to 90 days, without the intention to establish residence, for the purposes of tourism, transit and short term courses. Foreign nationals from countries with which Brazil holds visa exemption agreements benefit from Visitor Visa (VIVIS) waiver. Click here to check whether you require a VIVIS or not.

Health Insurance

It is mandatory to present a copy of the health insurance certificate before arriving in Brazil.

Explore Porto Alegre

Porto Alegre is the capital of the state of Rio Grande do Sul. Globally famous for its Churrasco (Brazilian Barbecue), Porto Alegre offers far more than culinary treats. A great sunset awaits you every evening at the Usina do Gasômetro, an old coal power plant turned in a cultural center with a cinema, theaters, exhibits and cultural events. The main museum, the Fundação Iberê Camargo, is a cultural institution dedicated to preserving and promoting the work of Brazilian painter Iberê Camargo and encouraging reflections on modern art through exhibits, classes, seminars and meetings. The Mercado Público is located in the heart of downtown Porto Alegre. It is a neoclassical building that opened in 1869. With over 100 shops and stores, there is great variety of options: restaurants with natural foods, fruit, fish stores, a famous ice cream parlor, and delicious coffee called Café do Mercado.

Those who enjoy outdoor activities will be happy to know that it is a very green city due to its many parks and trees. Parque da Redenção is the largest urban park in Porto Alegre. The park is full of people walking, talking and drinking chimarrão (known elsewhere as yerba mate), especially on sunny mornings. The main activities that take place in the park occur in the Araujo Viana Auditorium (concerts, performances and meetings). There is also a famous flea market called Brique da Redenção, which is open every Sunday starting at 9:00 am. There are dozens of stalls selling crafts, art, souvenirs, food and antiques, all along Avenida Jose Bonifacio. The city offers a variety of shopping centers, such as Iguatemi, Barra Shopping, Moinhos de Vento and Praia de Belas.

Porto Alegre is home to two World Champion football teams, Grêmio and Internacional. The national soccer championship, the Brasileirão, will be played throughout the year, and some games will be hosted in Porto Alegre. We offer the opportunity to visit both stadiums, and also watch one of the Brasileirão games, Internacional vs Flamengo. Southern Brazil is the homeland of Gaucho culture. It is a strong culture, which began in the mid-18th century. We invite all students to learn more about our culture during a dinner at the 35 CTG. A CTG (Center for Gaucho Traditions) is responsible for maintaining and spreading our traditions. At a CTG, you can enjoy Churrasco (Brazilian Barbecue) during a traditional musical dance performance.

You can find more information about Porto Alegre at https://www.visitbrasil.com/destinations/porto-alegre.html