First University in Cebu
…..Anchored in Excellence


Amor, Servitium, Humanitas
Love, Leadership and Service to Humanity


The University of the Visayas is a center of excellence that inspires faith in the Almighty, Love, Leadership and Service to Humanity.


With its commitment to the ideals of love, leadership and service, and the development of need breed of leaders, who are morally upright and spiritually inspired, the University of the Visayas operates and maintains educational programs which are nationalistic and democratic, and attuned to nationally and internationally accepted standards. 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 socioeconomic needs of the country.


In the pursuit of its vision-mission, the University aims to:

1. provide the academic environment and discipline to broaden the student’s perspective and prepare him for a career as a responsible and informed member of a democratic society,
2. instill in the students the culture of excellence through academic training and through a life-long process of learning for the development of his leadership potentials, and for the enhancement of his chosen career, and to
3. imbue the Christian ideals of love and service to humanity through a tradition of religious and community oriented education focusing on community welfare activities and socio-economic development programs


The University of the Visayas was founded by the late Don Vicente Gullas in 1919 as the Visayan Institute (V.I.) in Cebu City. It was not until 1935 that the Visayan Institute moved to its present site in Colon St. The Second World War, however, razed to the ground the physical facilities of the VI but undaunted by adversities, Don Vicente Gullas reopened classes in Argao, Cebu in 1946. A year later the VI moved back to its present site in Colon Street where the buidings of its main campus now stand as a historical landmark in the City of Cebu.

In 1948, the Visayan Institute was conferred a University status by the then Bureau of Private Schools, the first to become a University in Cebu. The VI was renamed as the University of the Visayas. From that time on, the expansion in its baccalaureate and post graduate course offerings and its physical facilities has been phenomenal. From an initial enrollment of 37 students and only a high school department the VI evolved into a University with an enrollment which at one time in the 1980’s peaked at 29, 000 distributed throughout its various campuses.


Today the University of the Visayas has grown into an eight-campus, province wide system of higher education and lower level laboratory schools.

There are two campuses in Cebu City, the main University campus in the downtown Cebu City area and a laboratory high school in Pardo. The main campus in Cebu City, with a six multi-story building including a gymnasium, occupies almost one city block bounced by Colon, D. Jakosalem and Sanciangko Streets.

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

The University currently offers 24 Bachelor’s degree programs, most of which start with ladderized Associate degree courses, a post graduate Bachelor of Laws, seven Masters Degree programs, and four doctoral programs in various fields.


The University of the Visayas was the first to….

Offer STUDY NOW PAY LATER PLAN to poor and deserving students from 1965 to 1975

Grant SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS to government employees, public school teachers and poor disabled students

Establish academic based PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT OFFICE for placement and job training to UV graduates from other educational institutions

Establish INTERNATIONAL LINKAGES with Stitching Zorginstellenger Rijswijk Nursing Homes in Netherlands for exchange training programs and employment of nursing alumni.

Institutionalize Community Organizing Participative Action Research (COPAR) for Community Extension Program.

UV’s Commitment Academic Excellence

The University of the Visayas is a member of:

International Association of Universities
* Association of Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL)
* Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU)
* Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACU-COA)
* Philippine Association of Graduate Education (PAGE)
* Association of Philippine Colleges of Arts and Sciences (APCAS)
* Accredited Programs by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities - Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA)
* International Standards Organization (ISO)

Q. Why enroll in the University of the Visayas?

To be …….
  • educated in Cebu’s first University
  • part of the long list of successful alumni in the field of law, business, politics, academe, medicine, sports and other endeavors
  • able to gain competitive advantage
  • prepared to be globally competitive
To have…
  • the best academic and moral training
  • better career opportunities
  • access to its numerous scholarships and privileges
  • the opportunity to get a degree and work at the same time
To become……..
  • a better Filipino citizen with a Heart for Service to Humanity


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