A highly participated election resulted with the election of Matteo Lorito, professor of Vegetal Pathology and Phytopathological biotechnologies, as the new Rector of the University Federico II of Naples.
Professor Matteo Lorito is a scholar focusing on plant diseases caused by fungi and bacteria, and on the molecular mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis and biocontrol, both pathogenic and antagonistic fungi. He is a fellow of the American Phytopathological Society, a member of the European Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the author of approximately 180 highly cited publications. As the former head of the Agriculture Department at the University of Federico II of Naples and a member of the Academic Senate and the Quality Assessment Committee at the Quality Presidium, Rector Prof. Lorito will lead the University until 2026.
Social engagement, teaching innovation, student involvement and internationalization are among the priorities for his mandate. According to the new Rector, the participation in the Aurora Universities Network and Alliance represents for Federico II «an extraordinary opportunity to strengthen our efforts to combine quality research and teaching with the most pressing global social challenges. These two networks represent for the entire community of Federico II a great opportunity for international collaboration and to foster a culture of diversity, inclusion and sustainability».
Ever since the former Rector Prof. Gaetano Manfredi was appointed as Italian Minister of Higher Education and Research, the office has been led by Vice-rector Prof. Arturo De Vivo. Rector Prof. Matteo Lorito succeeds Prof. Arturo De Vivo.