Maria Cassar is currently Head of the Department of Nursing at the University of Malta.
Following several years of clinical nursing practice as a qualified nurse in various clinical settings in different countries, Maria has been committed to nurse education across pre and post registration programmes at the University of Malta and the University of Aberdeen, Scotland for the past two decades. She has spent periods of voluntary work in health and social contexts in Italy, India, Angola and Russia. 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 draw upon her PhD research work. These are curriculum development, internationalization of higher education and the use of technology and simulation in teaching and learning. Her current research focuses on the registration, mobility and regulation of nurses across different countries, including undocumented (qualified) refugee nurses.
She has participated in 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, and the CALOHEE project (nursing care). She was one of the managers of the ERASMUS+ ISPAD project and is currently leading the ERASMUS+ DIGIT project. 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.