Here is the Kenyan who bagged International Student of the Year for 2021

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A Kenyan student trounced his peers to win the International Student 2021 award.

James Karanja got the award for creating change for people living with disabilities in Kenya. He is a student at Flinders University, South Australia, received

The awards are an opportunity for the international community, academic institutions, local community, and businesses to honour the achievements of international students during their time in the university. 

He completed a degree in Disability Policy and Practice last semester and is currently pursuing a Master of Disability Policy and Practice at the same institution.


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Although it has been 15 years since he last studied, he laid plans on how to achieve academic excellence. To fulfill his dreams, he carefully selected courses that aligned with his goals to address the needs of the disabled back in Kenya.

Speaking after the recognition, Karanja said the award would drive him to be at the front in fighting for PWD’s.

He also vowed to promote social inclusion and active participation of PWD’s in the labour market.

According to the student, his programs will ensure they meet the feelings, aspirations and voice of PWD’s.


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Peer support groups reported that James created a peer support group of students from different academic disciplines and diverse cultures to enrich his social experiences and educational experiences.

He also began a WhatsApp mentoring group for other disability policy students from Africa.

He also participated in other student engagement initiatives which included being the founding treasurer of Flinders Friendship International.

This is a club that has contributed towards assisting students from diverse backgrounds make friends at the institution.

He impressed Judges by his determination to make an impact on people living with disabilities back home.

James who is also the winner of the 2021 Academic Excellence Postgraduate  (Coursework) strongly believes that people with disabilities can also be part of the social and economic developments of their communities


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