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Creativity Innovation, European Year 2009

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


"Traditional university education has been concerned with knowledge, analysis and judgement. In a rapidly changing world, the categories and classifications derived from the past may not be enough. There is also a need to develop the skills of design in its broadest sense: new concepts, new perceptions and new ways of doing things. Such design needs creativity. For the first time in history, we can now treat creativity in a systematic way as the changing of patterns in a self-organising information style. There is growing demand for such new thinking and a need to pay attention to these new demands from society."  (Edward de Bono)

The University in 1992 introduced Edward de Bono’s methodologies as a subject on an interdisciplinary basis within various faculties. This formed part of The Edward de Bono Programme for the Design and Development of Thinking which was established in collaboration with Professor Edward de Bono of Lateral Thinking fame. The programme became an Institute in September 2002. It aims to generate debate and discussion on Creative Thinking, Thinking Skills and the Direct Teaching of Thinking. The Institute offers a Master in Creativity and Innovation which commences annually in October.

Amongst other activities, the Institute organises regular international conferences and seminars. Five books with selected conference proceedings have been published. The Institute is involved in a number of educational initiatives including the Thinking Skills Programme in state primary and secondary schools in Malta. The Institute coordinates an EU funded ERASMUS curriculum development project which will offer a Joint Masters Programme in Strategic Innovation and Future Creation by blended learning.

The University of Malta seeks to respond innovatively to the unceasing evolution of the global and the local context in general, and to the economic challenge in particular. This commitment to flexibility is directing the University of Malta towards new areas. In a changing environment the future is not necessarily a repetition of the past. There is a central role for human thinking processes to cope with and make the best of the changes which are occurring all around us.

WCIW 2014

The Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking at the University of Malta is celebrating World Creativity and Innovation Week (WCIW) between the 15th and 21st April 2014.  

Press Release - GEC 2014
The Edward de Bono Institute at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress
2nd Semester Timetable
Click here to download the  time table for the Master in Creativity and Innovation for Academic Year 2013/14 - Semester 2
Applied Creativity at Discover University - A Roaring Success!
On Sunday 10th November, the Edward de Bono Institute participated in the Discover University Family Day with activities running throughout the whole event. Visitors of all ages were engaged in activities that focused on the development of everyday creativity. The range of activities included a shared effort in creating a drawing and a
collaborative story-writing exercise where participants chose a word at random and incorporated it in a story. Another popular addition were the Puzzle Trees, where live trees were used to hang puzzles and brain-teasers and visitors were invited to choose one and come up with suitable answers. For photos and updates please visit and like
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Master in Creativity and Innovation
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Master in Creativity and Innovation

Annual October intake.

Course available Full time and Part time.

The Master in Creativity and Innovation attracts professionals from a broad base of disciplines from the local and  international scene.

M.Sc. in Strategic Innovation and Future Creation

This Program is currently being re-structured. Full details will be uploaded as soon as they are available.

Student's Initiative - New NGO
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Kokka Internazzjonali Award

The University of Malta Students' Council (KSU) held their annual Kokka Night on the 6 May 2012. One of the Master in Creativity and Innovation Students, Sagar Dave, was honoured with the 'Kokka Internazzjonali Award' as the most active student in student organisations at the University of Malta. 

June Exam Provisional Timetable
Please click here to view the provisional timetable for June Examination Session. 
Last Updated: 12 September 2012

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