University of the Visayas

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University of the Visayas
Pamantasan sa Bisayas
University of the Visayas.jpg
The First University in Cebu
Former names
Visayan Institute
MottoAmor, Servitium, Humanitas (Latin)
Motto in English
Love, Service to Humanity
TypePrivate Research Coeducational Basic and Higher education institution
FounderVicente Gullas
Academic affiliations
PresidentEduardo R. Gullas
Vice-presidentJose R. Gullas
Students35,000 (Main campus)
(Satellite campuses)
Corner Colon and D. Jakosalem Streets, Cebu City
6000 Cebu
CampusMain campus
Downtown Cebu City
Satellite campuses
Pob. Pardo, Cebu City
Banilad, Mandaue City
Cambaro, Mandaue City
Toledo City
Danao City
Dalaguete, Cebu
Minglanilla, Cebu
Compostela, Cebu
Alma Mater SongGreen and White March
ColorsGreen      and      White
Sporting affiliations
MascotGreen Lancer

The University of the Visayas (UV) is located in Cebu City, Philippines. It is the first and oldest university in the province of Cebu.[1]


A 2019 stamp dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the University of the Visayas

Don Vicente Gullas (1898–1970)[2] founded the University of the Visayas in 1919 aiming to educate young people from average-income families. It was initially called the Visayan Institute, and occupied two rooms rented at the City Intermediate School. The number of students had increased from 37 in 1919 to 87 in 1920, and kept growing, but Gullas could not find a permanent building for the institute and kept moving over various locations in Cebu, borrowing auxiliary facilities from other schools nearby, such as physical education grounds of the Cebu Normal School and the public library near Fuente Osmeña. Finally, in 1946 the institute moved to its present site at Colon Street, and in 1948 received the university status.[3]

In the 1980s–90s, the university added new master's degrees, in education, engineering, maritime studies, criminology and nursing. In 1994, four of the university programs were recognised by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation. Earlier in 1994 the Gullas Medical Center and the College of Medicine were opened in Banilad.[3]

Campuses and location[edit]

UV main campus

Its main campus is located in Colon Street, Cebu City.[4]

The College of Dentistry and Nursing is located in a separate campus in Banilad, Mandaue City at the site of Vicente Gullas Memorial Hospital and the Gullas College of Medicine. The Gullas College of Medicine Mandaue Campus (formerly Mandaue Academy) is located in downtown Cambaro, Mandaue City.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The University of the Visayas' "Gahom 100" | The Freeman". Philstar Corporation.
  2. ^ Don Vicente Gullas' book re-launched. PhilStar. March 13, 2007
  3. ^ a b 100 Years University of the Visayas. PhilPost. January 15, 2019
  4. ^ It’s another grand slam for UV. Sunstar (December 23, 2018). Retrieved on 2019-01-17.

External links[edit]

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