Africa Research Wins “Distinguished Paper Award” for IUJ at International Symposium

Mr. Kevin Mutuli (MBA program, class of 2017) and Professor Jay Rajasekera recently presented a paper titled “Impact of Internet Accessibility and Instructor’s Computer Literacy on E-Education in Urban and Rural Area Colleges in Kenya” at recently held International Symposium on Teaching, Education, and Learning in Hiroshima, Japan.  The paper has won “Distinguished Paper Award” bringing recognition and honor to IUJ.

Speaking about the Award, Professor Rajasekera credited Mr. Mutuli for his hard work and good work ethics; “we are now trying to connect this research to a possible business model for Kenya.”


Mr. Mutuli joined IUJ’s Graduate School of International Management (GSIM) via Africa Business Education (ABE) initiative program and just graduated in June, 2017 with MBA degree from GSIM.  Vice President of IUJ, Professor Jay Rajasekera supervised his thesis research.  Professor Rajasekera also thanked JICA for sending excellent students, such as Mr. Mutuli, to GSIM.


Mr. Mutuli said “It will be grievous and hypocritical to take the accolades as a closed system and claim them privately.  To reach this crest, many people have helped me in various ways and capacity.  The epic of it was from my supervisor Prof. Jay Rajasekera who forewarned me of the impediments I should be ready to navigate to hit the bull’s eye.  Sacrifices were made and burning of the midnight oil to relate theories and merge them with precise practices was normal on itinerary.  Together, we converted all possible barriers into bridges to cross over.
Besides I will like my heartfelt appreciations to go to Prof. Wenkai Li (Dean of GSIM) for cordially accepting to be my examiner during the defense. His constructive criticism sparked and rejuvenated confidence in me as I was using his statistics models to build on the paper. Lastly, I recognize the IUJ family and the entire administration for all support offered to me during the expedition. The award is for IUJ fraternity and not Mutuli alone.”


This is an excellent news.  This award is a clear evidence showing that our faculty are working closely with our students, together making impact on academia, and contributing to the society, especially to emerging countries such as Kenya.  The award shows our recent achievements towards GSIM mission, and is very helpful for our AACSB accreditation“, said Professor Wenkai Li, Dean of GSIM.


 International Symposium on Teaching, Education, and Learning (ISTEL) in Hiroshima, Japan 2017 :