University of the Visayas

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University of The Visayas
University of The Visayas
University of the Visayas.jpg
Former names
Visayan Institute (1919-1948)
Motto Amor, Servitium, Humanitas
Motto in English
"Love, Leadership and Service to Humanity"
Established 1919
Type Private
President Atty. Eduardo R. Gullas, D.P.A.
Students 20,000 in the Main Campus and 18,000 more distributed among the satellite campuses located in Cebu
Location Cebu City, Cebu, PhilippinesPhilippines
Campus Main campus
Colors Green and White         
Nickname Green Lancer and Visayanian
Mascot Green Lancer

The University of the Visayas is an educational institution located at Cebu City, Philippines. It is billed as the first university in Cebu City.

Campuses and location[edit]

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 Gullas College of Dentistry, 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 20,000 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 and the arts.Compostela is the most known branches in UV.



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


While it nurtures academic excellence, it also works for the enhancement of high level professions and middle-level careers relevant to community development and the socio-economic needs of the country.

Colors and seal[edit]

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[edit]

  • 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.

Courses offered[edit]



Doctor of Education (Ed.D)

Doctor in Management (DM)


Master of Arts in Education (MAED with thesis)

Major in School Administration and Supervision

Major in English

Major in Filipino

Major in Guidance

Major in Mathematics

Major in Physical Education

Major in Non-Formal Education

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT-non thesis)

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN with thesis)

Master of Business Administration (MBA non thesis)

Master of Science in Business Administration (MPA non thesis)

Master of Public Administration (MPA non thesis)

Master of Science in Management Engineering (MSME with thesis)


Bachelor of Laws


Doctor of Medicine


Doctor of Dental Medicine


Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy


Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication

in English Literature

in Journalism

in Political Science

in Psychology and Industrial Psychology

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Diploma in Journalism


Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Major in Business Economics

Major in Financial Management

Major in Marketing

Major in Operations Management

Major in Human Resources Development and Management

Bachelor of Science in Public Administration

Bachelor of Science in Accountancy

Bachelor of Science in Accounting Technology

Bachelor of Science in Customs Administration

Bachelor of Science in Office Administration

Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management

Associate in Hotel and Restaurant Management


BS Criminology


Bachelor of Elementary Education

Major in General Education

Major in Special Education

Major in Pre-Elementary Education

Bachelor of Secondary Education

Major in English

Major in Mathematics

Major in Biological Science

Major in Physical Science

Major in Filipino

Major in MAPEH

Diploma in Professional Education


Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering

Bachelor of Science Electronics and Communications Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Safety Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering


Associate in Marine Engineering

Associate in Marine Transportation

Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation


Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Major in Linux Major in Java

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

Major in Networking

Major in Graphics

Associate in Computer Technology Specializing in Database Management In PC Troubleshooting

Popular Visayanian graduates[edit]

  • Justice Portia Hormochuelos (presiding justice of the Court of Appeals)[1]
  • 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
  • Atty. Eddie O. Barrita (Philippines News Agency Cebu bureau chief)[2]
  • Fred Sipalay Jr. (practicing lawyer)
  • Felix Matuguina
  • Dr. Eladio Dioko (retired Central Visayas education director)
  • Atty. Joselito Ramon O. Castillo
  • Atty. Fritz Quiñanola (retired regional police director and general)
  • Dr. Susana B. Cabahug (retired education regional director)
  • Benjamin Aliño
  • Reynoso A. Belarmino (retired executive labor arbiter)[3]
  • Erlindo O. Constantino (literary critic and author)
  • Judge Agustin A. Vestil
  • Solomon Baclayon
  • Jerry Tundag (The Freeman's editor-in-chief)[4]
  • Atty. Francisco Malilong (Sunstar Cebu's columnist)
  • Atty. Elias Espinoza (Sunstar Cebu's columnist)
  • Jesse Bacon (Daily Tribune)
  • Judge Romulo Senining (retired judge)[5]
  • Eleonor Elape Valeros (The Freeman copywriter and columnist)[6]
  • Ruben Licera Jr (Cebu Bloggers Society president, blogger)[7][8][9]
  • Engr. Khalil Dimaporo Sultan (DPWH. District Engineer 1st District, Lanao Del Norte.
  • Atty. 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)
  • Atty. Richard Abangan (City of Carcar Fiscal)
  • 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)

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Coordinates: 10°17′53″N 123°54′06″E / 10.29806°N 123.90167°E / 10.29806; 123.90167