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Top students in IB exams

13 September 2020

Following in the footsteps of previous cohorts, the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa’s Class of 2020 received record-breaking results in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) this year. In addition to the Academy once again scoring highly, the percentage of top scorers was also above the global average, with nine students scoring an outstanding 40 points and above. These students make up nine per cent of the top performers worldwide. Two of them scored an impressive 44 out of 45 points, an achievement attained by less than one per cent of the students globally.

Alisha Doshi 

“I’m very grateful for the incredible opportunities I experienced at the Academy. I truly stepped outside of my comfort zone and will value all the wonderful lessons my teachers and friends taught me forever.”

Alisha is one of two students who scored 44 out of 45 points. She will be attending the University of Warwick where she received a merit-based scholarship valued at GBP 20,000. She was also accepted to King's College London, Durham University and the University of Edinburgh.



Muskaan Bhaidani

“The intentionally rigorous environment at the Academy forced me to step out of my comfort zone, every day. To choose courage over comfort, always. To not just go with the flow, but to be the flow.”  

Muskaan is one of two students who scored 44 out of 45 points and will be attending McGill University. She was also accepted to University of Cambridge and University College London and was offered over USD 300,000 in scholarships to various other institutions including Bowdoin College, University of British Columbia, University of Waterloo and University of Toronto.


Ambuj Ranjan

“The support I have received from the Academy has made me what I am today. Despite extraordinary circumstances, my teachers have always been there to guide me so that I could achieve all that I have. Thank you AKA Mombasa!”

Ambuj who scored 43 points will be attending the University of Waterloo where he received the President’s Scholarship of Distinction worth CAD 5,000.  He was also awarded the International Engineering Entrance Award at the University of Toronto, the Outstanding International Student Award at the University of British Columbia and the Undergraduate Engineering Award totalling over USD 85,000. 

Bilal Adamjee

“My greatest realisation of the benefits of the IB is that it became a test of my true character. I've been nurtured to ensure I develop my ambitions in and out of the classroom environment, something that made battling the academic rigour that much more rewarding.”

Bilal scored 43 points and will be attending Pomona College on the Pomona International Scholarship valued at over USD 260,000 over four years. He was also offered over USD 500,000 from various institutions including the Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow Award at The University of British Columbia.

Anais Shalita

“I believe it is important to give credence to the very people and structures at the academy that offered great support to me when I needed it most; the teachers and staff that went out of their way to ensure my success and the friends that became family and stood by me through it all. For all this, I am beyond grateful.”

Anais scored 42 points and will be attending the University of Toronto. She has been awarded the Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship, which recognises international students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement, creativity and leadership skills. The scholarship will cover tuition, books, incidental fees, and full residence for four years. 

Amaal Dawood

“Ever since I joined the Academy, I have experienced both personal and academic growth. I gained independence and learnt the importance of hard work. I will forever be grateful for the constant support from my teachers, dorm parents and friends.”

Amal scored 41 points and will be attending McGill University. She was also accepted into the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, University of Manchester, University of Cardiff and more.


Azaan Sayani

“The Academy has given me the platform to develop as a leader and has given me the necessary social and self-management skills I require as I embark on a new journey through university.”

Azaan scored 41 points and will be attending the University of Waterloo where he received the President’s Scholarship of Distinction worth CAD 5,000. He was also awarded the Faculty of Mathematics National Scholarship valued at CAD 15,000. Azaan received several other awards including the Dean's Entrance Award in Science worth CAD 10,000 from the University of Alberta.


Ohad Mutua

“I am grateful for the amazing opportunity to study at this school. The Academy made each and every learning experience one to cherish. Through the TID programme, the Academy helped me to nurture my leadership skills, and to hone them inside and outside the classroom setting, and it really equipped me with all the necessary tools to take on any challenge in the next phase of my education. I would like to express my gratitude to all my teachers and peers for their tremendous support, I could not have done it without them.”

Ohad who scored 41 points is a beneficiary of our Talent Identification Programme (TID). The programme was developed in line with the Academy’s vision to provide exceptional students with an international-standard education and leadership opportunities, regardless of their ability to pay. Talent ID students are selected based on academic merit and leadership potential, and receive full scholarships to attend the Academy from Year 6 onwards. Ohad is taking a gap year and plans to attend university in 2021.

Laiqa Walli

“The diverse community and rigorous academic environment nurtured me to be an inexorable and bold woman. I look forward to representing Aga Khan Academy Mombasa at Yale University and battling life's challenges with determination, confidence and aspiration.”

Laiqa scored 40 points and will be attending Yale University on a 75 per cent scholarship. She was also accepted to Stanford University, Northwestern University and Wellesley College amongst many others.