Nazarbayev University
Graduate School of Education

Graduate School of Education

Ali Ait Si Mhamed


Ali Ait Si Mhamed
Associate Professor
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Higher education
Ali Ait Si Mhamed is an Associate  Professor of the Graduate School of Education. Dr. Ait Si Mhamed obtained his MSc. Ed. At D’Youville College, Buffalo, NY, USA and Ph.D. in Comparative and International Education Finance from the State University of New York at Buffalo, NY, USA. 
Dr. Ait Si Mhamed worked as a Language Instructor at Leuphrate K-12 School, Ouarzazate, Morocco, a Language and Cross-cultural Instructor at U.S. Peace Corps, Morocco, and an Instructor of Classical Arabic, Buffalo, NY. He held positions of an Interpreter/Translator in International Institute, Buffalo, NY and High School French Teacher at St. Mary’s High School, Lancaster, NY. Mr Ait Si Mhamed served as a grant coordinator at D'Youville College, Research Assistant at University at Buffalo an Assistant Professor at Canisius College, Buffalo, NY, as well as a consultant with the World Bank, and an Assistant Professor of Research and Statistics at Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration (RISEBA). Currently along with teaching Mr Ait Si Mhamed works as Reviewer for International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership, Reviewer for Baltic Journal of Economics, Research coordinator with the Center for International Comparative Higher Education Finance and Accessibility: Ford Foundation funded project at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and Reviewer for Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). He worked also as the chair of the Department in the Standard 4 Committee for National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Director of the National Council for Accreditation. His main areas of interest includes higher education finance and accessibility, language policy and internationalization of higher education. 
EDUC 600 Research Methods
EDUC 623 Higher Education Finance 
EDUC 650 Thesis Seminar (School Leadership)
EDUC 651 Thesis Seminar (Higher Education)
EDUC 652 Thesis Seminar (Inclusive Education)
EDUC 603 Tutorial
Selected publications
• Kasa, R. & Ait Si Mhamed, A. (2013). Language policy and internationalization of higher education in the Baltic countries. European Education: Issues and Studies, 45(1). 
• Ait Si Mhamed, A., Kasa, R., & Cunska, Z. (December 2012). Student Debt levels and income of University of Latvia graduates: Prospects for income-contingent loan repayment by the field of studies and gender. Baltic Journal of Economics, 12(2). 
• Ait Si Mhamed, A., & Kasa, R. (Autumn 2010). Comparing tertiary graduates with and without student loans in Latvia. Baltic Journal of Economics, 10(2), 49-62.  
• MONOGRAPH. Ait Si Mhamed, A. (2009). Finance of higher education in Morocco: The impact of the shift of the burden of higher education costs from the government to students and families. Berlin: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller. Akteingesellschaft & Co. KG. 
• CONSULTANCY WORLD BANK REPORTS. Johnstone, B. Ait Si Mhamed, A. Marcucci, P. (2007). Reforming the Moroccan university student aid system: A technical support of student aid system. Washington DC: World Bank. 
• Johnstone, B. Ait Si Mhamed, A. Marcucci, P. (2007). Reforming the Moroccan university student aid system: Student loans options. Washignton DC: World Bank.