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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 ( 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

Publication Launch

We are pleased to announce the launch of the research document 'Best Practices in Teaching Entrepreneurship and Creating Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Europe'. Click here for a free copy of this publication.


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 click here.

Timetable for Master in Creativity and Innovation

Please click here to access the Master in Creativity and Innovation Timetable for Academic Year 2015/16 - Semester 1

Timetable for Optional Study Units

Please click here to access the Optional Study Units timetable for Academic Year 2015/16 - Semester 1

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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