The Bulawayo Polytechnic electrical engineering division in partnership with a local engineering company has made history after introducing a course in automation which shall see the study of robotics being done in the country.

History has been made as government’s private and public partnerships continue to bear fruit with Bulawayo Polytechnic now offering courses in robotics through its automation programme after a partnership deal with CA Engineers.

Acting director tertiary education programmes in the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education Mrs Daphne Zivanayi commended Bulawayo Polytechnic for coming up with the programme saying this will cover gaps that were evident in the industry.

“What has happened today is great news for the whole country. We have made a deliberate effort to promote science through our STEM programme. Such programmes will ensure that those students will be absorbed while addressing some of the industry’s needs,” says Mrs Zivanayi.

Bulawayo Polytechnic principal Mr Gilbert Mabasa says his institution will continue to come up with more programmes that address the needs of the industry in line with their mandate.

“We already have another programme under our engineering department. God willing we will continue to introduce more programmes that address the industry’s concerns, “ Mr Mabasa said.

Apart from robotics, the new programme will also include, programme logic controllers, advanced control, industrial communications system, supervisory control, distributed control system, human machine interface and data acquisition.