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Nadia Boffa, BSc Physiotherapy (Hons), Medical Representative, Master in Creativity and Innovation, graduated in November 2017

I decided to read for a Master in Creativity and Innovation on a part-time basis, since I am employed as a Medical Representative in a busy local SME that operates in the local private and public markets. This Master programme has definitely helped to bridge the gap between my healthcare background and my current career in the medical sales industry, since it is designed to equip students to become more innovative, and to support those around them in becoming more innovative too. This is achieved through the creative teaching of problem solving tools and idea generation techniques that can be easily transferred from the classroom to the workplace. In fact, understanding today’s business environment, the ability to manage people and be a good sales person are a cornerstone in this modern and dynamic healthcare field that I work in. Hence, this well taught Master’s degree has equipped me with the appropriate tools to innovate in patient care and to rethink the health ‘business model’. It has enabled me not only to identify new and innovative technologies when liaising with overseas suppliers, but also finding new ways of doing things in the workplace, by exploring, developing and launching new initiatives, thereby allowing me to navigate and thrive in the rapidly changing and uncertain healthcare environment. Of particular relevance to my current employment was the focus on entrepreneurship, and using one’s creativity to create effective business plans for the planning and/or grown of a venture, by developing effective marketing plans and financial models. I believe that the combined theoretical, academic and practical approach of this master’s programme has helped to unleash my business creativity and has enabled me to work better in multidisciplinary teams to ultimately reach the common workforce goals. Furthermore, in addition to the curriculum and classroom experience, this course has offered several opportunities to meet, learn from, and network with leading industry professionals and I would highly recommend this educational journey to anyone wishing to improve their collaborative working skills.



Vanessa Borg, Business Development Director at Booking & Co., Master in Creativity and Innovation, graduated in November 2013

After toying for some years with the idea of furthering my studies, I finally made up my mind when I came across the Master in Creativity in Innovation offered by The Edward de Bono Institute. If you are thinking of enrolling for this programme, be prepared, as this course will seriously challenge you - in a positive way. During this course, students are urged to go out of their comfort zone and to analyse the world through a critical lens. I can proudly say that, to this day, I still use the tools and approaches promoted by this Institute during my day to day work. I must not forget to mention that the Institute's members of staff are always doing their utmost to support the students and help them reach their full potential. If you would like to read for a Masters Degree with the aim of having a lasting effect on your career and your life in general,I wholeheartedly recommend the Master in Creativity in Innovation without a shadow of doubt.  

Abigail Cremona, Private Secretary of Dr. Aaron Farrugia - Parl Sec EU Funds, Master in Creativity and Innovation, graduated in November 2014

The Masters in Creativity and Innovation was a distinctive and excellent opportunity which provided me with new career prospects. Lectures were provided in the highest of standards with every student benefitting from personal attention.  The course material is not only truly relevant to the requirements of today’s working industry but provides students with an advantage over other candidates, given the intensive training on creative and lateral thinking. This course lived up to its expectations and more.  Lectures were interesting, engaging and challenging delivered by professional lecturers in the field. The content covered is outstanding, introducing students to concepts behind strategic and innovation management. It is aimed at widening the students’ horizons with insights given even on entrepreneurial possibilities. Above all, I would thoroughly recommend this course to all those who are seeking to advance their skills, both with reference to the development of thinking capabilities and the acquisition of modern management tools. Every hour spent in class, during fieldwork or studying at home was worthwhile and provided to be beneficial on the place of work. Ultimately, this Masters was pivotal to help me discover new leadership skills whilst strengthening my self-belief that anything is possible if you set your mind to dream and persist to achieve. 


Andre' Damato, Client Relationship Manager at MITA. Master in Creativity and Innovation, graduated in November 2011

The Master in Creativity in Innovation was an exceptional experience. Having a background in Computer Science and graduating in this sector, I was looking for an educational programme where I could develop my skills horizontally. In effect, the Master in Creativity and Innovation was the ideal academic pathway towards my needs. Not only because it allowed me to develop me thinking abilities using Professor Edward de Bono's thinking tools, but also because it provided me with an array of skills and knowledge from different perspectives including: organisations, business, entrepreneurship, psychology, foresight, technology and education.  I found the lecturers from The Edward de Bono Institute for Design and Development of Thinking very professional and academically pro-active. Having several students from overseas reading for the same Masters allowed Maltese students like myself to share and challenge their thoughts and experience with others from different cultures. For my dissertation I focused on innovation in the manufacture of green technologies, where I proposed a green specialisation framework strategy to overcome the limitations of small states in the promotion of green industry and eco-innovation. The dissertation was received very positively both locally and abroad by both academia and public administration.  A research paper was also presented in a publication of the Green European Foundation, and later on, the framework I developed was also translated into Greek and applied to Cyprus under an EU project. Governments and the EU understand that the way forward is via Innovation, we cannot use today's solutions for tomorrow's problems; the room for innovators is growing more than before. Over the past years I have worked in different sectors, from ICT and Entrepreneurship Education, to Consultancy and Government Coordination. At present, I am working with MITA to coordinate ICT Projects between Ministries and MITA. Interestingly, at MITA over the past years we have developed an Innovation Hub at Smart City which is helping a wide array of ICT start-ups and innovators. The skills developed by the Master in Creativity and Innovation were not only valuable at my full time work, but they also provided me with the knowledge and ability to comprehend scenarios from a horizontal outreach. I would recommend this Masters to anyone who is willing to read for a postgraduate degree to develop thinking skills and new knowledge towards innovation.


David Demicoli, Business Development Manager at CasaSoft Ltd., Master in Creativity and Innovation, graduated in November 2016

Reading for the Master in Creativity and Innovation was a though and challenging experience, but one which I will never regret. It develops an individual holistically, providing an individual with skills and knowledge which are hard to acquire elsewhere. Students during my studies were coming from different academic backgrounds and countries, so we always had a lot to share and learn from each other. The skills, knowledge and understanding I gained from this Master’s degree can be applied in any field, any industry, and any venture in life. I personally apply my skills and knowledge at my place of work on a daily basis. Speaking from my experience, I can say that this Master’s degree broadened my horizons and increased my opportunities. Today’s transdisciplinary world of business makes it crucial to cross boundaries between different disciplines. Critical thinking becomes vital for organisations operating in today’s dynamic world, in order to come up with creative solutions and innovative strategies. I believe that achieving this Master’s degree equipped me with solid foundations which I can continue to build upon and grow, both in my career as well as in my personal life.


Lara Gail Dougall, Consultant at Skillscast Ltd., Master in Creativity and Innovation, graduated in November 2014

If you are looking to expand your horizons, and have an interest in the world of entrepreneurship, then I strongly recommend applying for a Masters in Creativity and Innovation. This Masters reinforced my drive towards the world of entrepreneurship and equipped me with the necessary tools to not only improve my efficiency skills in the business world, but to also help me stand out in my career. This Masters is designed to improve your own entrepreneurial skills through academia, team work, and hands on projects; it doesn't only encourage creativity and innovation but is a great outlet for it. The knowledge and experiences gained through this course transcend the academic aspect of the course, which is delivered by high caliber academics. It also offers ample opportunities, networking, and (a lot of) support towards achievement. At the end of this interdisciplinary course, the four pillars of the Institute of Edward de Bono (Creativity and Idea Generation, Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship, and Foresight) will guide your professional and personal development. Plus, I got to meet Dr de Bono in person!


Anna Galea, Artist (, Master in Creativity and Innovation, graduated in November 2013

Exceptional in many ways – this is how I describe this experience. The course covers various disciplines that are very relevant in today’s digital age, where new technologies keep changing circumstances that in turn trigger new opportunities. Students are made conscious of the importance of abandoning a preconceived worldview, and of opening up to a lateral way of thinking. This outlook is actually liberating and can be applied to practically anything – from performing otherwise boring everyday life chores, to being innovative in one’s own area of specialization – in my case art. The study-units are carefully planned to equip students with a wide-ranging set of thinking tools that are so valid in the 21st century. Most of my fellow-students hailed from different countries and had different careers and backgrounds: in IT, marketing, accounting, tourism, entrepreneurship, teaching dance and drama, painting, etc. But we could all relate to the wealth of instruction presented by very able and dedicated academics. Lively discussion was actively encouraged during lectures and this resulted in vibrant interaction between lecturers and students that was mentally stimulating and challenging. Some assignments involved group work and delivering presentations. The Institute took my (and every other student’s) research for the dissertation very seriously and consequently the eventual outcome of the hard work involved was self-enriching. I can say that my outlook towards life in general and my passion as a painter has as a consequence been dramatically affected. I strongly recommend this course to those who wish to make the most of life – a creative way of living, from making a simple omelette more exciting, to being in the forefront in a present or future career.


Angele Giuliano, Founder and Director of AcrossLimits, President of Foundation for Women Entrepreneurs, MA in Creativity and Innovation, graduated in November 2006

Being already deeply immersed in the business world, both locally and in Europe, the Masters in Innovation gave me an added insight into both the potential futures, and also in how to see my present from under different coloured hats (with acknowledgment to Dr De Bono!). This course is not for the faint-hearted and definitely not for those that prefer to live within a comfortable little cushioned box. I've continued to stretch my boundaries and go across my own limits (see and I can sincerely recommend this path to those that want to find that elusive fertile oasis within their own barren desert of a cut and dried lifestyle.


Amanda Jo Grech, Senior Allied Health Professional, Physiotherapist, Masters in Creativity and Innovation, graduated in November 2016

When I chose my first degree, which was a Bsc in Physiotherapy, all I knew was that I loved Biology and I wanted to work with people. Looking back, even though  I am proud of being a Physiotherapist and have the opportunity to help people daily, I realize that at that point in time I did not know enough about myself. I also must admit that my learning experience within that environment was not a very good one. I graduated, happy to begin an independent working life but it was not long before I began to feel myself descend into apathy. I had lost interest in my profession and felt somewhat alienated. I knew that I needed to do something and when a friend suggested undertaking a Masters in Creativity and Innovation I signed up right away. That is it. There was no grand story to how I ended up taking this Masters.  All I knew was that I needed to do something different but at that point I had no idea how those 3 years would so utterly change my life.  I still work as a Physiotherapist, so one might wonder what was the point, especially if one only views a Masters as an attempt to step up the hierarchal ladder, but the change was not so much with my profession but, even better,  within myself and in the way I see and understand the world. It really is the Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking. Creativity, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Foresight are more than just concepts but powerful tools that helps one to turn every event into a potential opportunity, analyze and guide decision making and turn thoughts, ideas, situations and experiences into resources. The learning environment was encouraging, friendly and open and I discovered a new confidence in my abilities that allowed me to challenge myself further and learn how to explore and use my skills for the better. The best thing of all is that it helped me discover  a new love for my profession and every day I try to find new ways to put them to use both personally and professionally. I have become more involved in my work place, with both patients and colleagues and have a new respect not only for my ideas but those of others.  I truly believe that these are the concepts around which most of the world  and human endeavor revolve because creativity is the most basic and essential part of being human. Understanding creativity helps us to understand ourselves better.  


Clayton Mercieca, Community Manager - Allied Rainbow Communities, former National President of JCI Malta and Manager for Investment Promotion at Malta Enterprise. Master in Creativity and Innovation, graduated in November 2010

Creativity’ and ‘Innovation’ have become more than buzzwords in today’s organisations whether in the Public, Private or Voluntary Sector – they have become inherent values in their respective strategies. The Master in Creativity and Innovation was an excellent platform as it exposed me to different tools, techniques and practices on how organisations and individuals can achieve that much-needed competitive edge and improved service. Being an interdisciplinary course, sharing knowledge of different disciplines amongst students was greatly facilitated and widened students’ perspectives on many levels. I definitely recommend this course to anyone who is seeking to take away those blinkers which limit our thoughts, ideas and practices.


Michaela Moser, Head of Sourcing at epunkt (Austria). Master in Creativity and Innovation, graduated in November 2013.

I still remember my time in Malta as one of the most exciting times in my life. Not a single month has passed in which I wasn't using the knowledge and tools of our Masters degree in work and in private life. I started my carreer as a recruiter in Austria's most successful recruiting agency when I graduated in 2013, and today I am Head of one of the most innovative departments in our organisation leading a team of 17. And I love it! I often think back about my time in Malta and what I have learnt. Moreover, I try to apply all the tools and techniques as well as my innovation-mindset as often as I can. It helped me a lot getting to where I am now.  


Gordon Pisani, co-founder Kite Group, Master in Creativity and Innovation, graduated in 2017

After graduating as Legal Procurator and B.A. in Legal and Humanistic Studies from the University of Malta in 1996, I worked for 18 years in legal practice, communications and politics. Throughout these years I was responsible for media and information campaigns, and worked as part of a team tasked with the formultation and implimentation of policies and political strategies. In all these roles creativity and innovation play a crucial role. They require the elimination of pre-conceived ideas, a critical examinition of issues, the radical questioning of assumptions that are very often accepted as unchallengable truths and the necessity to embrace change. They also require foresight and the ability to disseminate new thoughts and ideas. The Masters course in Creativity and Innovation caters for all this as I discovered first-hand when I joined the programme. It offers knowledge and practice of a wide range of 21st century skills, new perspectives on contemporary issues and also the possibility of exploring areas of study outside the traditional curriculum and beyond one’s comfort zone. I had the opportunity to research an area which, for me, was completely new namely, the creation of rubrics for self-assessment and learning in fields of entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation in primary and seconday education. Furthermore the analysis of new approaches and attitudes to entrepreneurship, as one of the main components of the Masters course in the Edward de Bono Institute, has enabled me to develop new skills and techniques in my present role as director of a recently formed publishing house. The need to foster a culture of creativity and an enviornment that promotes and facilitates new thoughts and ideas is one of the pre-requisites for the successful operation of any society, organisation, business or place of work. The course addresses these issues in an innovative, holistic and strategic manner. The lecturers were always extremely willing to engage in fruitful discussions during lectures and with all those who sought their advice after the lectures. Their lecturing skills, the academic knowledge and the analysis they shared with students were intriguing. Their passion is contagious. All these factors render the course an enjoyable, insightful and enriching learning experience. Following my experience in the Masters in  


Elizabeth Pulo, Programme Coordinator at JAYE  Malta Foundation, Master in Creativity and Innovation, Graduated in Nov 2017 

I came across this Masters during the last year of my B.Commerce, as I was contemplating the possibility of a gap year to figure out my career path. While browsing the courses available at the University of Malta, the Master in Creativity and Innovation immediately caught my attention.  The wide variety of subjects and the discussion and self-learning approach that the course triggers was something I was very keen on, in contrast to the usual full on theoretical approach.  The biggest eye-opening aspect and added value of the course was the class and student dynamic. Everyone was coming from a different discipline and path of life which added so much value to the conversations and class discussions. We were automatically challenging each other simply by having unique thinking approaches that forced us to really take into account different concepts and perspectives, and therefore allowing us to practice what we were learning about.  

In itself, the course may sound abstract and might be a challenge  to understand the purpose of studying concepts such as innovation and creativity, in which many may think they are already experts. However this course is such an eye-opener to how much we are in fault by assuming we know what these concepts mean and how to use them in our daily personal or working life.  Ultimately this course also opened many opportunities for me to give workshops in AIESEC  and other spaces including my work. Lastly, the Institute practices what it preaches, as the staff members are always in full support and find ways to allow students to flourish without 'killing their creativity'.   


Oliver Saliba, Marketing Consultant at Market Advisory Services, Master in Creativity and Innovation, graduated in December 2015. Currently reading for a PhD at The Edward de Bono Institute

After completing a degree in psychology, I decided to further my studies and started searching for a Master’s programme which was related to both psychology and business. I wanted to read for a Master’s degree which would not restrict my future opportunities to a very specific line of work, but rather expand my possibilities. This Master’s programme turned out to be everything that I expected and more. Through this programme, I had the opportunity to further my education and learn new skills in areas related to research, marketing, leadership, business, management, creative thinking and idea generation. Not only was the taught component of this programme interesting, it turned out to be a great experience. The programme featured excellent and supportive staff, offered numerous opportunities to meet interesting people from various countries and academic backgrounds, and offered several networking possibilities. After successfully completing this degree, I started working as a Marketing Consultant, whereby I have the chance of putting several of my newly acquired skills into practice. In addition, I am now building upon my Masters degree by reading for a PhD at The Edward de Bono Institute.


Analise Sammut, B.Com(Hons), Events & Relationship Coordinator at the Malta Institute of Accountants, graduated in November 2017

Getting my Master from the Edward de Bono Institute of the Design and Development of Thinking has been an insightful experience into training myself to see the world with a deeper, more critical understanding. The lecturers are supportive and will do their utmost to see you succeed on a personal and academic level. Recommended for anyone who would like to widen their horizons and compliment their current studies with a different perspective 


Felix Zappe, Business Innovation Consultant at TD Reply (Berlin), MSc in Business Administration from the University of Potsdam, Germany (July 2017); attended the Master in Creativity and Innovation at The Edward de Bono Institute, University of Malta, as an Erasmus+ student between October 2016 and June 2017

I joined the programme that leads to the Master in Creativity and Innovation during my Erasmus+ stay at the University of Malta in October 2016. As a business studies graduate specializing in Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship and Marketing I was a little skeptical at first what specific skills this program could add to my portfolio, however, I had a growing interest in the whole topic of creativity which is one of the most important skills in both everyday life and business life, only gaining more importance these days due to the effects of digitization. By no means was I disappointed. This program is suitable for anyone who wants to foster an understanding of entrepreneurial businesses or deepen knowledge of a specific topic regarding the studies of innovation and creativity. One of the biggest advantages of this programme is that it is non-consecutive, meaning you don’t have to be a business graduate to do this master, which created a very enriching studying atmosphere, as my thoughts and approaches constantly got challenged by my class mates coming from different backgrounds. A second advantage for me was the broad interdisciplinary approach of this program as I could shift focus from the business perspectives and gain tremendous insights into topics like statistics, sociology, psychology and even philosophy never losing focus of the key-topic creativity and innovation. This may sound very theoretical so far but I have to say, that the courses are very hands-on. Besides traditional lectures and self-studies we went on several excursions and had quite a few projects consulting business with their course related questions. We even spent a lot of time on learning different creativity techniques that are very helpful to use for me in my everyday work. Another great thing about this program is the international composition of the class, providing you with a great opportunity to learn about different cultures, habits and approaches, and due to the frequently assigned group based projects, gain long lasting friendships. Along with that goes the interaction with the Edward de Bono Institute’s staff and lecturers which was at all times very enriching, helpful and always held in a very friendly, even familiar environment. In conclusion I can recommend this Master’s program to anyone who wants to take a look at truly scientific work in the realms of psychological or sociological studies with an interest regarding innovation or creativity. Anyone who is interested in learning about the psychological and procedural fundamentals of creativity and how to foster an innovation-promoting environment in organizations of any size regarding all aspects is well-advised to take the Master in Creativity and Innovation.

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Institute launches GEN Malta Platform

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