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University of the Visayas
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University of the Visayas

Address : D. Jakosalem Corner Colon Street , Mandaue, Mandaue, Toledo, Danao, Minglanilla, Pardo, Dalaguete , Cebu
Phone : +63 (32) 416 7990
Fax : +63 (32) 121 1391
Zip Code : 6000 

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The University of the Visayas is an educational institution located at Cebu City, Philippines. It is billed as the first university in Cebu City (but not the first / oldest school, see University of San Carlos).


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 today 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 Danao and in the towns of 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 educational innovations to provide equal educational 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 1940's. 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 1980's.

In 1948, the Visayan Institute was awarded a 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 various campuses. Today, 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.


The University of the Visayas has been guided by the motto envisioned by the Founder which is now inscribed in the University seal: “Amor, Servitium, Humanitas” (Love and Service to Humanity). At the onset of the Third Millennium, the incumbent UV President, Atty. Eduardo R. Gullas, added a new core value to the motto which now reads: “Love, Leadership and Service to Humanity.”


The University of the Visayas is a center of excellence inspired by an abiding faith in the Almighty God, love, leadership and service to humanity.


With its commitment to the ideals of love and service, and the development of new 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 socio-economic needs of the country.

Colors and Seal

The University of the Visayas colors are green and white. The corporate seal of the University is circular in shape 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 & administrators, military personnel & 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 & job training of UV graduates at its satellite schools.

• First to establish International linkages with Stitching Zorginstellenger Rinjswijk Nursing Homes in Netherlands for exchange training programs & 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.

History of the College of Nursing, University of the Visayas

The University of the Visayas College of Nursing was first established in 1974 through a Memorandum of Agreement between the University of the Visayas and Cebu Community Hospital . The former faculty of the Southern Islands School of Nursing in the person of Mrs. Lourdes L. Fernan was hired as the Dean of the new college. One hundred twenty (120) qualified students were accepted out of three hundred eighty (380) applicants.

In 1975 the Health Aide Course was opened, followed by Midwifery Course in 1983. The Nursing Curriculum has evolved from the GN program to BSN program. In 1976, the BSN five (5) year program was opened, which was later on changed to a four (4) year BSN program in 1977. A Masteral Program was opened in 1981, but it was frozen due to lack of enrollment. It reopened in 2000.

After thorough deliberation, an integrated community-based nursing curriculum materialized in 1984. Current changes and demands led to the offering of two (2) year Associated Health Science Education (AHSE) as a preparatory course to the BSN Course which was started in 1998.

The affiliate Hospitals and Health Centers where the UV College of Nursing Students have their clinical experience were the following: 1976-1983 Cebu Community Hospital, Army Station Hospital , Tisa Health Center and Mandaue Health Center . In 1984 up to the present, UVCN students have their Related Learning Experience at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (formerly Southern Islands Hospital), Don Vicente Gullas Memorial Hospital, Tisa Health Center , Opon Health Center and Mandaue Health Center .

In 1995, Dean Fernan retired and Dr. Jessie G. Empaces, Alumna and Faculty Member of the College of Nursing , assumed the Deanship. It was in her term that the College of Nursing became a member of HRDP Schools, which institutionalized Community Organizing Participative Action Research (COPAR). She requires all the nursing and midwifery students to go into immersion programs in the community for one month. In 1996, the College of Nursing became a PRC provider for Continuing Education Program. In 2001, the UVCN Alumni Association was founded with the vision of serving the UVCN Alumni and the society through the concerted efforts of the school and its members. It was in the same year that the College of Nursing made a Memorandum of Agreement between Zorginstelligen Rijswijk of Netherlands for employment of its graduates and exchange training program. Another Memorandum of Agreement was also made with the Alliance International Medical Recruitment Corp. for representing their graduates for employment in the United States of America at no cost to the nurses.

In 2002, the College of Nursing moved to the new Gullas Medical Center in Banilad, Mandaue City. It boasts of new facilities to cater to the growing demand of nursing education.

The administration of the University of the Visayas realized the increasing need for medical and allied medical graduates and so in 2003 the administration approved the expansion and development of its institution's facilities and a four-storey building was constructed together with the improvement of the Don Vicente Gullas Memorial Hospital which serves as a training-ground for students. The development has attracted many students and its population is increasing every year.

The University of the Visayas College of Nursing has forged serious efforts to provide its students with academic excellence and made it possible to realize the University's vision of LOVE, LEADERSHIP and SERVICE TO HUMANITY.

Mission of the College of Nursing, University of the Visayas

The College of Nursing prepares nurses who are spiritually inspired, morally upright, humanely caring, intellectually competent, clinically skillful, research-oriented and personally committed to the local and global communities.

Philosophy and Objectives of the College of Nursing, University of the Visayas

The University of the Visayas College of Nursing, as an integral part of the University of the Visayas, reflects the philosophy and objectives of the University and functions primarily for teaching, research and community service.

The Department believes :

1. That education is a process of changing the thinking, feeling and behavior patterns of the individual for the betterment of mankind. It takes cognizance of society's concerns for the scientific, technological, political, economic and socio-cultural dimensions relevant to current national development goals.

2. That nursing is a service to the individual, family and community with respect to the prevention of illness and disability, promotion and maintenance of optimum health and well-being, alleviate human suffering and rehabilitation. It is based upon scientific knowledge and skills, which includes an understanding of the nature of man and his physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs.

3. That nursing education, therefore, is the process of helping students to acquire the necessary knowledge, attitudes and skills to become a nurse who is scientifically and technologically informed, research-oriented, globally competent, socially aware, and spiritually committed.

The UV College of Nursing aims to produce a fully functional nurse who has:

1. Acquired scientific knowledge and skills for beginning professional practice to work independently and/or in collaboration with others in the promotion and maintenance of optimum health prevention of illness and disability, either in the hospital or community.

2. Developed sensitive awareness to the health needs and problems of the individual, family, community and its corresponding commitments to alleviate the problems arising from there.

3. Developed a research attitude, through the use of the nursing process, as basis for self-directed nursing management and leadership, and for personal and professional growth.


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