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Welcome to The Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking

The Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking was set up at the University of Malta in collaboration with Professor Edward de Bono in 1992.  Initially, the Institute was concerned primarily with teaching Professor de Bono’s thinking tools at the University of Malta.  Over the years, however, the Institute has expanded and diversified its activities, and now offers a wide range of courses and events to University students and to the general public in the following interrelated subject areas:

1. Creativity and Idea Generation
Creativity refers to the generation of ideas that are novel and useful.  In today’s increasingly competitive environment, creativity is an indispensable asset which enhances opportunity identification and problem solving.  Contrary to popular belief, creativity is a skill, and just like any other skill it can be developed with practice through the use of a variety of tools and techniques that have been developed for this purpose.

2. Innovation Management
Innovation refers to the successful implementation of creative ideas to produce something of value. It relates not only to science and technology, but to the introduction of new products, services and processes in any context or industry.  Innovation is a necessary step in the creative process, as the benefits of creativity can only emerge if there is a system in place which manages the implementation of ideas.

3. Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship is generally associated with starting up and running one’s own business.  It is widely considered to be the backbone of the economy as it leads to job creation, innovation and economic growth.  However, there is much more to entrepreneurship that business ownership.  The European Commission stresses the importance of cultivating an entrepreneurial culture or mindset, and has listed “a sense of initiative and entrepreneurship” as a key competence for life.  The entrepreneurship key competence involves the knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable individuals to generate and implement creative ideas, to be self-confident, autonomous and proactive, to plan and execute projects, and to act in socially responsible ways.  This key competence is important not only for those wishing to start up and run their own business, but also for those seeking employment or a professional career.

4. Foresight
Foresight involves taking a leap into the distant future to create scenarios and visions of the way the world might be.  It is about designing, creating and working towards specific scenarios and visions in an attempt to take action in the present, either to arrive at a desirable future or to mitigate unfavourable circumstances.  A number of methodologies are available and are applied in the areas of policy (ICT, science and technology, environment and energy) and in private organisations (corporate foresight). The design of novel and desirable future scenarios draws on the skills of creativity as it involves the generation of novel ideas and possibilities. The implementation of policies to arrive at a desirable future requires knowledge of innovation management.

On behalf of my colleagues, I invite you to explore our Institute website and to 'Like' our Facebook page to find out more about our courses, events, projects and research.  Please feel free to contact us via email (instituteofthinking@um.edu.mt) or by phone (+356 2340 2434) if you would like to obtain further information, or if you would like to share your ideas with us.

Dr Leonie Baldacchino
Director



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Provisional Timetable for MA Student
Please click here to access the Master in Creativity and Innovation Provisional Timetable for Academic Year 2015/16 - Semester 1
Optional Study Units Provisional Timetable
Please click here to access the Optional Study Units provisional timetable for Academic Year 2015/16 - Semester 1
Master in Creativity and Innovation
Would you like to enhance your ability to respond practically and creatively to problems and opportunities? Do you wish to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes related to creativity, innovation management, entrepreneurship and foresight? If so, then our Master in Creativity and Innovation is just for you...
http://www.um.edu.mt/create/courses/masterdegreeprogramme
GET QUALIFIED 2014
We are very pleased to announce that our Master in Creativity and Innovation now forms part of the 'Get Qualified' Scheme' offered by Malta Enterprise. Upon successful completion, eligible students will benefit from a tax credit of up to 70% of the course fees, thus recovering most of the costs incurred. For more information please visit http://www.maltaenterprise.com/en/support/get-qualified
Research Seminar

The Edward de Bono Institute held a Postgraduate Research Seminar on Monday 22nd June at University of Malta. Four of the Institute’s past postgraduate students delivered presentations about the research projects that they carried out as part of their Master in Creativity and Innovation. The presentations were followed by an interactive workshop based on Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats. This workshop was conducted by author and strategy consultant Christian Pleijel.

Eco-Purifier Wins the Innovation Challenge

An eco-friendly water purification system developed by University of Malta student Antoine Galea has won the Innovation Challenge: Go Green.  This was a competition organised by Aġenzija Żgħażagħ and The Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking for young people aged between 17 and 30.

Indian Students' Visit

A group of secondary school students from three different schools in India recently attended a training programme in creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship at the Edward de Bono Institute, University of Malta.  

Exam Timetable Sem 2

Please click here to access the Examination Timetable for Academic Year 2014/15 - Semester 2

Institute featured on the Innovation Academy

The Edward de Bono Institute has been featured on the Innovation Library's Innovation Academy platform as a leading institution that is teaching, researching and debating innovation as an evolutionary concept and essential practice. 

Annual Report - October 2013 - September 2014

Please click here to access The Edward de Bono Institute's Annual Report for the period 01 October 2013 to 30 September 2014.

 
 

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