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.