The Fernfachhochschule Schweiz (FFHS), based in Brig, was founded in 1998 and is a federally recognized university of applied sciences. It offers job - related bachelor s and master s courses as well as further education in the fields of business, computer science, engineering, law and health. Due to mostly time and location-independent study model, it is a study alternative for all those who want to combine work, family and study. Since 24 September2004 the FFHS has been a part-school of the Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana (SUPSI) approved by the Federal Council. The FFHS operates largely independently and maintains its head office in Brig regional centers in Basel, Berne and Zurich. Since the winter semester 2004/2005 the Regional Centre in Zurich is Regensdorf settled. The FFHS is supported by the "Fernfachhochschule Schweiz" (FFH-CH) Foundation and is based in Brig-Glis. The foundation has a non-profit character and pursues no economic purposes. For more than 20 years now, the FFHS has been researching technology-based learning, and is part of a selected national and international network of e-learning researchers with the Institute for Remote Studies and eLearning Research (IFeL). In 2015 these research activities were honoured with a UNESCO chair for personalized and adaptive distance learning. The UNESCO chair at the Institute for Remote Studies & eLearning Research (IFeL) researches adaptive learning concepts, conditions of integration into different study courses and curricula, technological applications and their application in specific learning concepts. The FFHS has about 80 staff and over 300 (part-time) lecturers for its currently 2,000 students. FFHS pursues application-oriented research and development and provides services to third parties. Through targeted knowledge and technology transfer, it ensures the connection between science and business. On the one hand, it meets the Federal Governments performance mandate and can, on the other hand, continuously integrate the research and development results into the classroom - be this in the form of special subjects, training courses or case studies. The FFHS runs the following research institutes: Institute for Remote Studies and eLearning Research (IFeL), Institute for Management & Innovation (IMI) and Laboratory for Web Science (LWS).