UV History

1919
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1919

The Visayan Institute (V.I.), known as the University of the Visayas (UV) was founded by the late Don Vicente Gullas in Cebu City.

1921

The College of Commerce, presently known as the College of Business Administration (CBA) was opened with a one-year Secretarial Program.

1935

 V.I was moved to its present site in colon Street, Cebu City

1938

The College of Education was opened with a two-year program in Elementary Teachers Certificate (ETC).

1940

The “Study-Now-Pay-Later Plan” had been implemented and practiced at the V.I. long before it was adopted by the Department of Education Culture and Sports (DECS).

1946

The Visayan Institute was razed to the ground during the Second World War and Don Vicente Gullas reopened it.

1947

The Bachelor of Science in Customs Administration was approved and granted recognition by the Commission on Higher Education. The Bachelor of Arts major in Political Science, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and Bachelor of Science in English Literature program were given recognition by the Government with GR. No. 210

1948

The Visayan Institute was conferred University Status by the Bureau of Private Schools, the first to become a University in Cebu. The Bachelor of Elementary Education was granted

1949

The Bachelor of Science in Criminology was granted Government Recognition with GR. No.399 s.

1958

The Bachelor of Secondary Education was given Government Recognition with GR. No.311.

1959

Master of Science in Business Administration was granted Government Recognition with GR.No.284.

1969

The Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy was granted recognition by the Government with GR. No.111.

1972

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering programs were given Government Recognition.

1977

The Bachelor of Science Major in Electrical Engineering program was granted Government Recognition with GR. No. 160.
-The Bachelor of Science Major in Architecture program was granted Government Recognition with GR. No.161.

1978

Master of Science in Management Engineering was granted Government Recognition.

1980

The Bachelor of Arts in Marine Engineering was given Government Recognition with GR. No.77 s.Doctor of Education was acknowledged by the Government with GR. No. 1 s.The Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation was recognized by the Government with GR. No.76 s.

1984

The Bachelor of Science in Biology was recognized by the Government with GR. No. 025. Doctor of Medicine was given Government Recognition with GR. No.020.

1992

The Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering was granted Government Recognition with GR No. 012. The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science was granted Government Recognition with GR. No.006 s.

1997

Master in Public Management was granted Government Recognition with GR. No.44 s.
– The Bachelor of Science in Nursing was granted Government Recognition with GR.No.67

1998

Doctor in Management was given Government Recognition with GR. No.178.

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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 Institute moved back to its present site along Colon corner D. Jakoslem Streets, Cebu City.

As early as its founding, the V.I. had pioneered in education innovations to provide equal education opportunities especially the poor but deserving students. It was the first school to conduct night school classes 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 (now Department of Education) 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 (UV).

Since then, the expansion in its basic education, undergraduate and graduate offerings and in its physical facilities has been phenomenal. Don Vicente Gullas also brought education closer to the people as the school opened a total of eight satellite campuses across Cebu Province making it the private University in Cebu with the most number of external campuses.

From an initial enrollment of 37 students when it was founded, the University has evolved into an institution with an estimated enrollment of more than 20,000 students distributed throughout its campuses. Over the years, the University has also produced board exam topnotchers and distinguished alumni who have been successful in their chosen fields.