Mutare Polytechnic is a Government run Technical Vocational Education and Training institution which is under the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education. Mutare Polytechnic is situated in the eastern border town of Mutare , Manicaland, Province. Mutare is Zimbabwe’s gateway to the sea, linking to the Port of Beira along the east cost of Mozambique by rail and road. Mutare Polytechnic at its inception in 1984 was known as Umtali Technical College and its main role was to curtail the shortage of the much needed technical skills that prevailed at that time. Umtali Technical College operated as a satellite college for Salisbury Technical College (now Harare Polytechnic College). It started operating behind OK Bazaars, offering rudimentary courses in secretarial studies. From its commissioning Mutare Polytechnic operated with two functional divisions of Commerce and Engineering which multiplied to 5 divisions, with a student enrolment of slightly over 200.
The actual construction of the buildings at the current site started in November 1984. After the National Manpower strategy, it was decided to upgrade Mutare Institute to a Technical college.
Mutare Polytechnic opened its doors to the public in 1986 to develop manpower for both industry and commerce. At the advent of our independence in 1980, it was noted that there was a huge manpower exodus and that created technical and human skills gap in the industries.
A wide curriculum catering for various interests as well as the local, national and regional labour markets is offered.