Bulawayo Polytechnic College

Bulawayo Polytechnic College

Bulawayo Polytechnic College

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Bulawayo Polytechnic is an academic institution established in 1942 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

The polytechnic provides a number of higher education qualifications. It has played host to exchange students from many countries including the United States and western Europe. It has two campuses in Bulawayo and provides technical and vocational education for the nation.

It has been attempting to become a University College, but fell out of favour in preference to the establishment of the National University of Science and Technology; the National University of Science and Technology used Bulawayo Polytechnic facilities to get started.The Polytechnic is now offering a Bachelor of Technology degree in Environmental Health in conjunction with NUST.

In 2001 Bulawayo Polytechnic produced a radical council led by Blessing Sibanda as president (after the suspension of Kwanisai Mafa who had allegedly misappropriated funds) and Nkululeko Sibanda as secretary general. This council took the Zimbabwean government to task over privatisation of accommodation issues which saw the withdrawal of many students. This was the first council from Bulawayo to challenge the Zimbabwean government which prompted the then minister of Higher Education to order their expulsion which Blessing Sibanda successfully challenged and he was readmitted before the court hearing while his colleagues left.

Although expelled from the College, Nkululeko Sibanda became the President of the Zimbabwe National Students Union...
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