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Maria Amata Garito

President and Rector of International Telematic University UNINETTUNO

Maria Amata Garito is Professor Emeritus of Psychotechnologies and President and Rector of the International Telematic University UNINETTUNO.

From 1994 to 2013 she worked as full professor of Psychotechnologies at the Psychology Faculty of the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and for some years also at the Sorbonne University in Paris. She was Director General of CATTID (Center for Applications of Television and Technologies of Distance Education) at "La Sapienza" University of Rome from 1984 to 1990.  The results of her research activities related to technologies and artificial intelligence applied to teaching and learning processes enabled her to create:

Consorzio NETTUNO – Network Telematico per l’Università Ovunque – in which she had the role of Director General from 1991 to 2016 and she realized the organizational and of distance teaching model of Consorzio NETTUNO.

In 2005 she established the International Telematic University UNINETTUNO and designed and realized its psycho-pedagogical, organizational models and its technological platform. 

He was scientific advisor for Teaching and Learning Technologies, Distance Education, Technological Innovation and Relations with Mediterranean Countries to several Italian University Ministers. 

As an expert, he was member of several scientific committees at the European Commission for designing the guidelines to be applied to the development of research programs on new technologies applied to teaching and learning processes.

Her collaboration engagement with countries in the Euro-Mediterranean Area are ongoing and began in 2001 as coordinator and director general of the Med-Net'U - Mediterranean Network of Universities - Project in the framework the EUMEDIS Program of European Commission.

For UNESCO, in 2002, she designed the organizational and psycho-pedagogic model of the Arab Open University in Kuwait.

From 2009 to 2012 she designed and realized the new psycho-pedagogic-didactic model to create a video course and related textbooks whose title was: “I Learn Arabic – The Treasure of the Letters” to teach to read and write in Arabic to adult illiterate people in Morocco. This course is broadcast by the national television of Morocco. In 2015-16 she realized the Distance University for Refugees in which all refugees and migrants who wish so, from anywhere across the world, can enroll in UNINETTUNO University for free. 

She conducted several international research activities; she authored about 200 scientific publications and received many international prizes and awards.

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