Despite being short (5”5) and skinny at the famously athletic school, he was given the best bed in the senior dormitory in token for the leadership he displayed and as a sign of the respect among the boys at the school.
While applying for scholarships to universities in 1959, he gained his first taste of public administration, working for the local office of the Department of Information and Broadcasting in Eldoret, and publishing the Kalenjin Monthly newsletter.
A country thousands of miles from Kenya was to play a leading role in the next phase of his life. In February 1961, Biwott became the first Kenyan to study in Australia. Starting out at Taylors College in Melbourne, he progressed to the University of Melbourne (1962-64), from where he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Diploma in Public Administration, majoring in Economics and Political Science.