University of the Visayas

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University of the Visayas
Unibersidad sa Bisayas
University of the Visayas.jpg
Former names
Visayan Institute (1919-1948)
Motto Amor, Servitium, Humanitas
Motto in English
"Love, Leadership and Service to Humanity"
Type Private
Established 1919
Founder Vicente Gullas
President Eduardo R. Gullas
Vice-president Jose R. Gullas
Students 35,000
(Main campus)
(Satellite campuses)
Location Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
Colors Green and White         
Nickname Green Lancer and Visayanian
Affiliations CHED, DNV, PACU-COA
Mascot Green Lancer

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.

Campuses and location[edit]

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

University of the Visayas Main Campus along Colon Street, Cebu City. Colon Street is known to be the oldest street in the country.

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[1] is located at Banilad, Mandaue. 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, Lapu-Lapu, 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.

Notable alumni[edit]

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