Maria Cassar is a registered nurse and senior lecturer at the University of Malta. She completed pre-registration nurse education at the University of Malta in 1993. Post-graduate education was pursued in the United Kingdom, at King’s College, London and the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and she completed a master’s programme in online teaching at the University of Illinois, US, and an intern period at Luther college and the Mayo Clinic in the US. Dr Cassar is currently the Head of the Department of Nursing at the University of Malta.
Alongside several years of clinical nursing practice in various clinical settings across different countries, during the last two decades she has been engaged in teaching nursing students across pre-registration and post-registration programmes at the University of Malta and the University of Aberdeen.
Her main interests include curriculum development, internationalisation in Higher education and the use of technology and simulation in teaching and learning. Her ongoing research focuses on the registration and regulation of displaced nurses, including nurse refugees without (qualification) documents. She has experienced periods of work as a volunteer within health and social contexts in India, Angola, and Russia.
She has participated in ERASMUS+ transnational projects pertaining to nurse education including the TUNING-MEDA (nursing) project which comprised nurse education entities from the Middle East and North Africa regions, and the CALOHEE (nursing) project, and is currently co-leading the ongoing ISPAD project. The latter projects span partners from across the EU. She has good command of the Maltese, English and Italian languages and is familiar with the French and Arabic languages.