Uni­ver­sity aca­demics at Cre­ativ­ity Con­fer­ence in Ja­pan

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“A key role of ed­u­ca­tors is to pre­pare stu­dents for the fu­ture, but due to the ex­po­nen­tial rate of change which we con­stantly ex­pe­ri­ence, it is dif­fi­cult to pre­dict which jobs or pro­fes­sions will still be around when to­day’s young peo­ple leave school.”

This was ar­gued by Pro­fes­sor San­dra M. Dingli and Dr Leonie Bal­dacchino, res­i­dent aca­demics at The Ed­ward de Bono In­sti­tute, Uni­ver­sity of Malta, in a pa­per they pre­sented at the In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Cre­ativ­ity and In­no­va­tion which was held in Osaka, Ja­pan, from 10 to 12 Septem­ber.

In this pa­per, they main­tain that stu­dents need to de­velop their cre­ative think­ing and dig­i­tal lit­er­acy skills in or­der to adapt to the chang­ing re­quire­ments of the fu­ture labour mar­ket. Fur­ther­more, they claim that most young peo­ple to­day are dig­i­tal na­tives who spend hours daily on their dig­i­tal de­vices and ar­gue that ed­u­ca­tors could cap­i­talise on this by us­ing tech­nol­ogy to fos­ter cre­ativ­ity skills which are trans­fer­able to other do­mains and real life sit­u­a­tions.

In ad­di­tion to their pa­per on fu­ture skills, Pro­fes­sor Dingli and Dr Bal­dacchino con­ducted an in­ter­ac­tive “fore­sight” work­shop where par­tic­i­pants learned how to use an idea gen­er­a­tion tech­nique to en­vi­sion fu­ture sce­nar­ios for cre­ativ­ity ed­u­ca­tion, joined a board meet­ing of the Ja­pan Cre­ativ­ity Soci- ety, at­tended the launch of the new In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Cre­ativ­ity and In­no­va­tion and vis­ited the Idea Marathon In­sti­tute in Tokyo.

This visit to Ja­pan was an op­por­tu­nity to share ideas with lead­ing in­ter­na­tional schol­ars in the field of cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion in­clud­ing Pro­fes­sor Ger­ard Puc­cio, Pro­fes­sor Iku­jiro Non­aka and Pro­fes­sor Fangqi Xu.

There was a great deal of in­ter­est in the work of the In­sti­tute on the part of con­fer­ence par­tic­i­pants, in­clud­ing in the part-time evening Di­ploma in Cre­ativ­ity, In­no­va­tion and En­trepreneur­ship, and the Mas­ter in

Cre­ativ­ity and In­no­va­tion.

Applications for these cour­ses are open un­til 30 Septem­ber against the rel­e­vant ap­pli­ca­tion fee. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion visit www.um.edu.mt/cre­ate or send an email on: in­sti­tu­te­of­think­ing@um.edu.mt

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