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

 

Professor Edward de Bono

Visiting Professor

Dr Leonie Baldacchino

Director, Lecturer

Dr Petra Caruana Dingli
Lecturer
Professor Sandra M. Dingli
Associate Professor
Ms Tania Farrugia
Visiting Assistant Lecturer
Dr Margaret Mangion
Lecturer
Ms Melanie Mizzi
Visiting Assistant Lecturer
Dr Lisa Pace
Lecturer
Ms Shirley Pulis Xerxen
Assistant Lecturer
Ms Natalie Swaine Nwoko
Visiting Assistant Lecturer

 


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Professor Edward de Bono
Ph.D. (Cambridge),
M.D. (Malta), M.A., D.Phil, D.Des., L.L.D.

Professor Edward de Bono is considered by many to be the leading authority in the field of creative thinking and the direct teaching of thinking as a skill. He is the originator of the formal creative thinking tools of lateral thinking, the Six Thinking Hats, the Cognitive Research Trust (CoRT) and Direct Attention Thinking Tools (DATT). These methods are widely used in both educational and organisational settings.  Edward de Bono has written over 75 books with translations into 40 languages and has been invited to lecture in 58 countries. His instruction in thinking has been sought by many of the world's leading corporations including IBM, Microsoft, BT, Nokia and Siemens. He has been included by a group of academics in South Africa as one of the 250 people who had most influenced humanity in the whole course of history. He has been selected by a leading Austrian business journal as one of the 20 visionaries alive today. He was nominated by Accenture, a leading consultancy company, as one of the 50 most influential business thinkers today.  Professor de Bono holds an M.D. (Malta), M.A. (Oxford), D.Phil. (Oxford), Ph.D. (Cambridge), D.Des. (RMIT) and L.L.D. (Dundee). He has held faculty appointments at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, London and Harvard, was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Malta. 

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Dr Leonie Baldacchino
Director, Lecturer
B.Psy.(Hons), M.A. Creativity & Innovation, Ph.D. (Warw.)

Associate Fellow, Warwick Business School 


Dr Leonie Baldacchino holds a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship from Warwick Business School (UK), an M.A. in Creativity and Innovation (Distinction) and a B.Psy.(Hons.) from the University of Malta.  She is the Director of The Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking at the University of Malta, where she has been lecturing on entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation since 2008.  She is also a Board Member of the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation and of the Cottonera Resource Centre, both forming part of the University of Malta, and an Associate Fellow at Warwick Business School (UK).  Since 2009, Leonie has been involved in the coordination and organisation of various entrepreneurship-related incentives at the University of Malta, including the Global Entrepreneurship Week events hosted locally by The Edward de Bono Institute, and the entrepreneurship stream on the Degree Plus programme.  She has also lectured on entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation at Warwick Business School (UK), at Teesside Business School (UK), and at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology, and has delivered numerous presentations and workshops to organisations including Junior Chamber International, Malta Association of Women in Business, Foundation for Women Entrepreneurs, Malta Association of Work and Organisational Psychologists and St. Nicholas College.

For further details, including research interests and publications, see: 

https://www.um.edu.mt/profile/leoniebaldacchino

 

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Dr Petra Caruana Dingli
Lecturer
B.A.(Melit.), B.A.(Hons)(Melit.), M.A. (Melit.), D.Phil. (Oxon), M.B.A.(Maas.)



 

Dr Petra Caruana Dingli holds a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. She first read for a B.A. in English, Philosophy and Sociology at the University of Malta. She continued her studies and completed a B.A.(Hons) and an M.A. at the University of Malta. She holds an M.B.A. in business management from the Maastricht School of Management.  Dr Caruana Dingli lectures on innovation and creativity at the Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking. She also lectures on literature within the International Institute for Baroque Studies and the Faculty of Arts at the University of Malta.  She was Director for Environmental Protection at the Malta Environment and Planning Authority from 2011-2013. She was formerly Director of the British Council in Malta, and Director and Executive President of the environment and heritage NGO Din l-Art Helwa. She also worked at the Central Bank of Malta and has been a member of the following boards and committees: The Civil Society Committee of the Malta Council for the Economy, Society and Development (MCESD) (2014-to date); The Today Public Policy Institute (2008-to date); Ornis Committee (2011-2013); Committee of Guarantee (2008-2011); Valletta / Mdina / Cottonera Rehabilitation Committee (2008-2011); Majjistral Nature and History Park Management Board (2007-2011);  Council for Voluntary Organisations (2008-2010); National Federation of NGOs of Malta (2007-2009); St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity Management Board (2000-2008).  

For further details, including research interests and publications, see:

https://www.um.edu.mt/profile/petracaruanadingli


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Professor Sandra M. Dingli
Associate Professor
Ph.D.(Dunelm), M.A., B.A.(Hons.)

Professor Sandra M. Dingli obtained her PhD from the University of Durham, U.K. She conducts workshops and delivers lectures on creativity and innovation management, foresight, the de Bono thinking techniques, philosophy of mind and philosophy of artificial intelligence to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Sandra was instrumental in setting up the Institute in collaboration with Professor Edward de Bono in October 1992. As Director of the Institute until September 2013, Sandra designed and launched the Master of Arts in Creativity and Innovation in 2004, organised five International Conferences on Creative Thinking at the University of Malta, edited and published five books with selected proceedings of the International Conferences, and coordinated a three-year collaborative project funded under ERASMUS curriculum development, which involved designing a new MSc in Strategic Innovation and Future Creation with partner universities in Finland, Germany and England. 

For further details, including research interests and publications, see:

https://www.um.edu.mt/profile/sandramdingli  

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Ms Tania Farrugia
Visiting Assistant Lecturer
B.Ed.(Hons), M.A. (Creativity and Innovation)

 


 

Ms Tania Farrugia holds a Master of Arts in Creativity and Innovation (Distinction) and a Bachelors Degree in Education from the University of Malta.  She currently forms part of the Let Me Learn centre within the Faculty of Education and lectures part-time at the University of Malta on creativity and thinking methods.  Tania’s academic interests include creativity, entrepreneurship and differentiated teaching.  Her work experience includes the teaching of thinking and creativity in local state schools and the organisation and delivery of presentations, training events and conferences held both locally and abroad.

 

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 Dr Margaret Mangion
 Lecturer
 B.Psy., P.G.C.E.,M.B.A.,
 D.Soc.Sci.(Leic.) 

Dr Margaret Mangion read for her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Communication Studies at the University of Malta followed by a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. She then successfully pursued an MBA at the Maastricht School of Management, and later completed a Doctorate in Social Sciences at the University of Leicester (UK).  Dr Mangion currently lectures on creativity and innovation at the Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking. Prior to joining the University of Malta, Dr Mangion held various posts in the private and public sector. Her work experience was further enhanced through employment for a global Blue Chip company in England.  

For further details, including research interests and publications, see:

https://www.um.edu.mt/profile/margaretmangion

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Ms Melanie Mizzi
Visiting Assistant Lecturer
B.A.,Dip.Mgt., M.Sc. (Strategic Innovation and Future Creation)

 


Ms Melanie Mizzi obtained a undergraduate Degree in History of Art and Italian from the University of Malta in 1999, and a Diploma in Management Studies in 2004.  A year later, Ms Mizzi was offered a lecturing post within the Institute of Art and Design at the Malta College of Art, Science and Technology (MCAST), where she was later promoted to her current role of Deputy Director. More recently, Ms Mizzi read for the MSc in Strategic Innovation and Future Creation, which is offered by the University of Malta in collaboration with the Universities of Potsdam (Germany), Teesside (UK) and Turku (Finland). Apart from her administrative duties at MCAST, Ms Mizzi delivers lectures on Foresight as a tool for creative thinking at the University of Malta. 

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Dr Lisa Pace
Lecturer
BSc. (Melit.), MSc. (Melit.), Ph.D (Manc.)

 

 


Dr Lisa Pace obtained her PhD from the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR/PREST) based within the University of Manchester’s Business School, UK. Her work has focussed on aspects related to the management of innovation, with particular interest in environmental innovation and sustainability transitions. She has experience in mapping research and innovation policies and trends in the national landscape in Malta and in the use of foresight and forward-looking tools for policy development. Lisa has participated in European research projects addressing developments in foresight and diffusion patterns of emerging technological innovations. Her publications are in the areas of participatory foresight and the impacts of emerging technologies on a micro-economy.  Lisa’s current research interests include innovation management, firm capabilities for innovation, foresight and studying low carbon transitions using forward-looking techniques.

For further details, including research interests and publications, see:

https://www.um.edu.mt/profile/lisaapace  

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Ms Shirley Pulis Xerxen
Assistant Lecturer
B.Ed.(Hons).,PG.Dip.in Educ.(Admin.& Mangt.), M.A. (Creativity and Innovation) 

Ms Shirley Pulis Xerxen obtained a Master of Arts in Creativity and Innovation from the University of Malta in 2006 and a postgraduate Diploma in Education (Administration and Management) in 2005, after having read for a B.Ed. (Hons) Degree. She is currently reading for a PhD in Management Studies at the University of Exeter, UK with a focus on organizational culture and its impact on creativity, and also lectures at the University of Malta on thinking systems and innovation, creativity in education, entrepreneurship and educational leadership. Shirley’s work experience includes eleven years teaching in Maltese State schools, and was responsible for designing the thinking skills programme that was implemented in local state schools for several years. She has conducted several workshops and training in thinking systems with diverse local and international organizations from the private and public sector. She has been involved in a number of EU projects related to the dissemination and development of creativity. 

For further details, including research interests and publications, see: 

https://www.um.edu.mt/profile/shirleypulisxerxen

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Ms Natalie Swaine Nwoko
Visiting Assistant Lecturer
BA (Hons) Social Work; M.A. Creativity and Innovation; PG.Cert. in Therapeutic Play Skills (Cant.)

Ms Natalie Swaine Nwoko obtained a BA (Hons) in Social Work from the University of Malta and a Master of Arts in Creativity and Innovation from the University of Malta, followed by a Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills from Canterbury Church Christ University (UK).  She currently lectures part-time at the Edward de Bono Institute on critical and creative thinking.


Calendar
Notices
Indian Students' Visit
This delegation’s visit to Malta, which was held between the 9th and 16th May 2015, was organised by the University’s International and EU Office with the support of the High Commission of Malta in New Delhi, and was a result of the close ties that have been built in recent years between the University of Malta and various educational institutions in India. 
Innovation Challenge: Go Green

The final judging event of the 'Innovation Challenge: Go Green' shall be held on Wednesday 3rd June 2015 from 15.30 to 17.30 at TAKEOFF Business Incubator, University of Malta.

During this event, the finalists will deliver presentations about their innovative concepts to a panel of judges.
The Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation, Youth and Sports, Hon. Chris Agius, will deliver a closing address.
For further details please see attached programme.
If you would like to attend this event please register via email (leonie.baldacchino@um.edu.mt) by not later than Monday 1st June as places are limited

 

Exam Timetable Sem 2

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

The Edward de Bono Institute celebrates WCIW
Between the 15th and 21st April, The Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking at the University of Malta hosted a number of activities to celebrate World Creativity and Innovation Week (WCIW) 2015.
Research Seminar

A research seminar for current and past postgraduate students of the Edward de Bono Institute shall be held on Monday 22nd June 2015.  The deadline for submission of abstracts is on Saturday 30th May. Please click here for further details.

Institute Academics at the GEC in Milan

Between Monday 16th and Thursday 19th March, a delegation from Malta joined business leaders from 150 countries for the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) 2015 in Milan, Italy.  The delegation was led by Dr Leonie Baldacchino, Director of The Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking at the University of Malta, which has been the National Host for GEW since its inception in 2008.  Read more here.

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. 

Master Timetable Sem 2

Please click here to download the timetable for Academic Year 2014/15 - Semester 2

Exams Provisional Timetable Semester 2
Click here to access the Provisional Timetable for Examination Period Academic Year 2014/5 - Semester 2
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: 19 January 2015

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