The Edward de Bono Institute
for the Design and Development of Thinking
Professor Edward de Bono
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.
Edward 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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Professor Sandra M. Dingli
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.
In 2004 Sandra designed and launched a new postgraduate degree, a Master of Arts in Creativity and Innovation. Sandra has organised five International Conferences on Creative Thinking at the University of Malta. Five books with selected proceedings of the International Conferences have been edited by Dr Sandra M. Dingli and published by the University of Malta Press.
As Director of The Edward de Bono Institute Sandra coordinated eInnForM (European Innovation and Foresight Masters), a three-year project funded under ERASMUS curriculum development which involved designing the curriculum and launching a new European M.Sc. The MSc in Strategic Innovation and Future Creation was launched in October 2009 with partner universities in Finland, Germany and England ( www.stretegicfutures.eu ).
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Dr Brenda Murphy
Ph.D.(London), M.A.(London) B.A.
|Dr Brenda Murphy is a Senior Lecturer at the Edward de Bono Institute at the University of Malta, where she supports student research and runs academic and practical study units across several disciplines (e.g. Creativity and Innovation, Media and Cultural Studies, Psychology, Education etc.) and in several Faculties, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She also runs training courses in professional development for Advertising professionals and other Media practitioners around gender issues in the media industry.|
Born in Ireland, and educated in Ireland and London, she has worked in the advertising industry in London and Dublin, has been an invited speaker at International Advertising Association’s [IAA] (Malta) and has chaired the Gender Advisory Committee at the Malta Broadcasting Authority. She is a member of European Network of Equal Opportunities in Broadcasting (EON), an EU network on equality in the media, and is a member of ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association).
She is active in EU projects, as a research partner, on gender portrayal in the media, is a collaborative researcher with the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE); SophiaEuropia; and others. She is advisor and trainer to government bodies e.g. the Malta Broadcasting Authority, the Employment and Training Corporation (ETC,) the Centre for Development Research and Training (CDRT), Commission on Domestic Violence, and to private advertising agencies in gender issues in the media industry, regulations and legislation around equality and discrimination and in gender and race portrayal in news, advertising and other media genre. She has been the National Coordinator for the Gender Monitoring Media Project (GMMP) since 2000 and in currently national coordinator in a 27 country ‘Women and Media’ monitoring project lead by University of Liverpool.
Dr Murphy’s personal intellectual project is located around: construction of identities of various kinds, (national, gender, ethnic etc.), in and through consumption and performances of consumption and spaces of consumption. With special reference to Cultural Studies, Media and Identity, Cybercultures, new media and digital technologies, Social Media and self-representation, Globalisation and global cultural flows, and Diaspora, Identity, Consumption & Advertising.
Her most recent publication Brewing Identities: Globalisation, Guinness and the production of Irishness, is in press with Peter Lang Publishers, New York.
She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further details see: https://www.um.edu.mt/profile/brendamurphy
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Dr Leonie Baldacchino
B.Psy.(Hons), M.A. Creativity & Innovation, Ph.D. (Warw.)
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 has recently been appointed 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 see: https://www.um.edu.mt/profile/leoniebaldacchino
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Dr Vincent Cassar
B.A. (Hons), M.Sc.(Wales),
Ph.D. (Lond.), C. Psychol., C.Sci.
Dr. Vincent Cassar is a Chartered Organizational Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and a Chartered Scientist with the British Science Council. He holds an MSc in Occupational Psychology from the University of Cardiff (previously University of Wales, Cardiff) and obtained a PhD in Organizational Psychology from Birkbeck College, University of London.
Vincent lectured full-time in the Department of Psychology from 1997 to 2008 and is currently a Part-Time Resident Academic at the Edward de Bono Institute. He has provided consultancy in several areas of organizational behaviour both locally and abroad to companies in the fashion retail, printing, banking, educational services and oil industry as well as civil society organizations and education. Vincent is also currently Honorary Teaching Fellow at the School of Management and Organizational Psychology, Birkbeck College (University of London) and examiner to the University of London (External) and Business Associate of Delegate Management Services.
He is the current President of the Malta Association of Work and Organisational Psychology and is a member of several professional bodies including the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology, the British Psychological Society, the American Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, the International Association of Positive Psychology, the British Science Council and the European Association of Occupational Health Psychology. For further details see: http://www.um.edu.mt/profile/vincentcassar
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Dr Margaret Mangion
Dr Margaret Mangion lectures in 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 sector and the public sector. Her work experience was further enhanced through employment for a global Blue Chip company in England.
She read for her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Communication Studies at the University of Malta followed by a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. After teaching career, Dr Mangion successfully pursued an MBA at the Maastricht School of Management. She has completed a doctorate in social sciences at the University of Leicester. For further details see: https://www.um.edu.mt/profile/margaretmangion
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Ms Shirley Pulis Xerxen
B.Ed.(Hons).,PG.Dip.inEduc.(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. Shirley currently lectures at the University of Malta on thinking systems and innovation, creativity in education, entrepreneurship and educational leadership. 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.
Shirley’s work experience includes eleven years teaching in Maltese State schools and she regularly provides workshops and training in thinking systems with diverse local and international organizations from the private and public sector. On a European level, Shirley has been involved in a number of EU projects related to the dissemination and development of creativity. Shirley was selected in 2000 to design the thinking skills programme that is currently being implemented in local state schools. Shirley’s research interests include creativity in education and creative organizational culture. For further details see: https://www.um.edu.mt/profile/shirleypulisxerxen
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7 March 2014
2nd Semester TimetableClick 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
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.
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.