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University of the Visayas

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Type  Private
Phone  +63 32 255 2561
Founded  1919
Established  1919
Founder  Vicente Gullas
Colors  White, Green
University of the Visayas

Former names  Visayan Institute (1919-1948)
Motto  Amor, Servitium, Humanitas
Motto in English  "Love, Leadership and Service to Humanity"
President  Eduardo R. Gullas, Ll.B., D.P.A.
Address  Dionisio Jakosalem St, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu, Philippines
Notable alumni  Eduardo Gullas, Greg Slaughter, Boy Cabahug, Arnie Tuadles, Cerge Remonde
Similar  Southwestern University, University of San Carlos, University of Cebu, University of San Jose–Recoletos, University of Southern Philippin

University of the visayas

The University of the Visayas (UV) is an educational institution located at Cebu City, Philippines. It was the first school in the province of Cebu to gain university status.


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Campuses and location

The University of the Visayas is an eight-campus, province-wide system of higher education and lower level laboratory schools.

There are two campuses in Cebu City: the main campus occupying almost one city block bounded by Colon, D. Jakosalem and Sanciangko Streets and a laboratory high school in Pardo. The main campus has six multi-storey buildings including a gymnasium.

The Gullas Medical Center is located at Banilad, Mandaue City. It houses the Vicente Gullas Memorial Hospital, the Gullas College of Medicine, the UV College of Nursing, the UV College of Pharmacy, the Gullas College of Dentistry, VIP Gullas College of Music, the Tan Kim Ching Cancer Center and the up-coming Cosmetic Surgery Center including other health-related courses. Vicente Gullas Memorial Hospital is a 100-bed tertiary care hospital accredited by PhilHealth.

The campus in Punta Engano, Lapulapu City, has a port for the Maritime College's practical training at sea.

Other campuses are in the cities of Mandaue, Toledo and in the towns of Dalaguete, Minglanilla and Compostela in the province of Cebu.


The University of the Visayas was founded by the late Don Vicente A. Gullas in 1919 as the Visayan Institute (V.I.) in Cebu City. The second World War razed to the ground the physical facilities of the V.I. at its original site. Undaunted by adversities, Don Vicente reopened classes in Argao, Cebu in 1946. A year later the V.I. moved back to its present site in Colon Street, Cebu City.

As early as its founding, the V.I. had pioneered in education innovations to provide equal education opportunities for those who have the capability and the desire for improving themselves. It was the first to conduct night school class for working students in Cebu City in the 1940s. The “study now pay later plan” had been a practice at the V.I. long before it was adopted by the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS) in the 1980s.

In 1948, the Visayan Institute was awarded university status, the first to become a university in Cebu, and was renamed the University of the Visayas. Since then the expansion in its baccalaureate and post graduate course offerings and in its physical facilities has been phenomenal. From an initial enrollment of 37 students the V.I. evolved into a university with an enrollment of 30,000 distributed throughout its campuses. Its alumni have distinguished themselves in government service and public administration, and in the professions of law, engineering and architecture, pharmacy, medicine, nursing, education, criminology, maritime and nautical, computer studies as well as in sports, sciences and the arts.


The University of the Visayas is the center of excellence that inspired faith in the Almighty: love, leadership and service to humanity.


By 2019, the University of the Visayas is a research driven university geared towards the development of the human capital imbued with social conscientiousness.


To attain its vision, the university lives-up to the following:

  • A. Builds and embraces a sustainable research culture among students, faculty and non-teaching staff
  • B. Hones the talents and potentials of the students and employees towards the practice of professions to be responsive to the changing local and global demands of time
  • C. Capacitates a community guided by the university extension framework
  • D. Exemplifies the ideals of leadership, love and service to humanity
  • Objectives

  • To come up with outcomes based and research oriented academic resources across all disciplines;
  • To increase faculty and students involvement in research undertakings;
  • To raise the number of published research outputs; and
  • To have the students acquire the attitude, knowledge and beginning skills in conceptualizing a research study, designing research, measuring and collecting data, analyzing research data and communicating research result emphasizing research as an evidence building enterprise that is crucial for practice.
  • Colors and seal

    The University of the Visayas colors are green and white. The corporate seal of the university is circular with the following inscriptions within the circle:

  • University of the Visayas: Cebu City
  • Amor Servitium Humanitas
  • First University in Cebu: Founded 1919
  • The main shield of the seal features an open book, a torch of knowledge and the shrine of the Magellan's cross, a landmark of the City of Cebu.

    Pioneering programs

  • First to offer “study now pay later plan” to poor but deserving students (1965–1975).
  • First to grant scholarship programs to ordinary government employees, public school teachers and administrators, military personnel and poor disabled students.
  • First to institutionalize Community Organizing Participative Action Research (COPAR) for Community Extension Program.
  • First to establish academic-based Public Employment Office (PESO) for placement and job training of graduates at its satellite schools.
  • First to establish International linkages with Stitching Zorginstellenger Rinjswijk Nursing Homes in Netherlands for exchange training programs and employment of nursing alumni and Nursing Resources in the San Francisco Bay, USA, for scholarship and sponsorship of top 10% of nursing graduates every year for employment and immigration in the area.
  • First to establish the Bachelor in Music (BM) in Cebu.
  • Notable Visayanian alumni

  • Justice Portia Hormochuelos (presiding justice of the Court of Appeals)
  • Justice Pampio Abu Abarintos (associate justice of the Court of Appeals)
  • Cerge Remonde
  • Dr. Jose R. Gullas (Freeman chairman and UV executive vice president)
  • Eduardo Gullas
  • Eddie O. Barrita (Lawyer, Philippines News Agency Cebu bureau chief)
  • Fred Sipalay Jr. (practicing lawyer)
  • Felix Matuguina
  • Dr. Eladio Dioko (retired Central Visayas education director)
  • Fritz Quiñanola (lawyer and retired regional police director and general)
  • Dr. Susana B. Cabahug (retired education regional director)
  • Benjamin Aliño
  • Reynoso A. Belarmino (retired executive labor arbiter)
  • Erlindo O. Constantino (literary critic and author)
  • Judge Agustin A. Vestil
  • Solomon Baclayon
  • Jerry Tundag (The Freeman's editor-in-chief)
  • Francisco Malilong (lawyer and Sunstar Cebu's columnist)
  • Elias Espinoza (lawyer and Sunstar Cebu's columnist)
  • Jesse Bacon (Daily Tribune)
  • Judge Romulo Senining (retired judge)
  • Eleonor Elape Valeros (The Freeman copywriter and columnist)
  • Ruben Licera Jr (Cebu Blogging Community founder, ProBlogger, Digital Marketer)
  • Khalil Dimaporo Sultan (DPWH District Engineer 1st District, Lanao Del Norte)
  • Meneleo Pascual
  • Estrella C. Navarro, Ed.D (Dean. College of Arts in Sciences)
  • Nicolas P. Tura, Ph.D
  • Elmer 'Boy' Cabahug (retired PBA player)
  • Arnulfo "Arnie" Tuadles✝ (retired PBA player)
  • Richard Abangan (Prosecutor, City of Carcar)
  • Dr. Veronica Abangan (Filipino Chair, Cebu Doctor's University Main Campus and Sto. Nino Review Center)
  • Dr. Recla Lakambini M.D. (Pediatrician in Aston, Pennsylvania. Residency at Georgetown University Hospital. Member of American Association of Pediatricians)
  • Greg Slaughter, PBA basketball player
  • Januario Agravante Jr. (Lawyer and Late mayor of Badian, Cebu; a position he held for 22 years)
  • Dr. Rosein A. Ancheta Jr. (President, Cebu Technological University)
  • References

    University of the Visayas Wikipedia