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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.

The Institute is involved in a number of initiatives including Global Entrepreneurship Week, World Creativity and Innovation Week, and several EU-funded projects.  Several books, including international conference proceedings, have been published. 

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.

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.

Last Updated: 18 September 2015

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