Maria received her nurse training in Malta, and later completed post-registration studies at Kings College, London, at the University of the Aberdeen, Scotland, and at University of Illinois, in the US. Her main areas of interest are curriculum development and evaluation, internationalization of higher education and the use of technology and simulation in teaching and learning, nurse registration, mobility and the regulation of nurses across different countries, including undocumented (qualified) refugee nurses. Maria has pursued training opportunities through IAIE and the Tuning Academy, Spain in this regard.
She has participated and led a number of transnational ERASMUS+ projects related to nurse education including the TUNING-MEDA project (nursing care) which included nursing institutions in the Middle East and North Africa, the CALOHEE project (nursing care).,ISPAD project, DigiT project, NNE project and TOViD In 2019, she was elected to the executive committee of FINE. She has a good command of the English, Maltese and Italian languages, and basic proficiency in the French and Arabic languages.
Maria is passionate about maximising the quality of nurse education and optimising the learning experience of nursing students.