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The origins of the University of Bindura can be traced to the Zimbabwe-Cuba Teacher Training Programme, which started in the mid-1980s. The programme used to send Zimbabwean student teachers to Cuba for training in Science Education. The programme was relocated to Zimbabwe in 1995 for economic reasons. A decision was made to set up a college in Bindura under the auspices of the University of Zimbabwe, but which would be turned into a full-fledged university within a period of two to four years. The college admitted its first group of 125 students in March 1996.
An act of parliament, the Bindura University of Science Education Act, was passed in February 2000 conferring university status to the College. The first graduation ceremony was held in 2003 where the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor of the university were installed as well as capping a group of 140 graduands. The university is located in Bindura, which is about 87 km north east of Harare. Bindura is the provincial capital of Mashonaland Central Province and is a small town of about 40,000 inhabitants. It offers a quiet semi-urban environment.