About University of the Visayas

We believe in giving better citizens to the society.

We offer a privilege of getting educated as a ‘Doctor’ in Cebu’s first University, University of the Visayas (Philippines). Established in the year, 1919, the college has successful alumni who have achieved well in the fields of law, business, politics, academe, medicine, sports and other endeavors. At University of the Visayas, we prepare students for a global competition.

We offer the best academic and moral training, better career opportunities, access to numerous scholarships and privileges and opportunity to get a degree and work at the same time.

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Why University of the Visayas

Our services depend on the philosophy of Amor, Servitium, Humanitas; meaning, we put Love, Leadership and Service to Humanity first. We believe in shaping a student’s career that broadens his perspective and prepares him for a career of his choice.

Through our academic training, we try instilling culture of excellence in students that will help in a life-long process of learning for the development of his leadership potentials.

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 Gullas College of Medicine 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 development of need breed of leaders, who are morally upright and spiritually inspired, the Gullas College of Medicine 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.


Famous Quotation of Don Vicente Gullas from his book The Art of living well

“With God’s inspiration as my guiding light, someday among thousands of VI and University of the Visayas students and alumni, I hope to produce Kings and Queens who will never wear crowns but shall be royal just the same; And when I shall be dead, I wish that my life will not be a tale that is told – a dream empty and forgotten, I wish it to be a prayer, or a song of love and usefulness, even if only to kindle the heart of fire in the soul of some weakling or some unfortunate being who have still the spark and image of God in them.”

The cliché that behind every man’s accomplishment, is a woman was very apt in the case of Don Vicente. Don Vicente’s better half, Mrs. Josefina Rivera Gullas or Inday Pining was an inspiration and also a reason for the success of Don Vicente and the University of the Visayas University. She has been there from conception to realization and in its growth from a wood-and-zinc institute to a major Gullas College of Medicine.

But it is in her role as wife and mother that Mrs. Gullas had her shining moments. Despite her work in the University and her continuing involvement in church activities, she still found time to run the Gullas household like a well-oiled machine caring for and mentoring her three children – Inday Sering, Eddie and Dodong – on the Christian values of love and service.

Such values inspired her to look beyond domestic concerns towards the needs of less fortunate people, especially the children of poor families and handicapped individuals. To these people she gave much, not just material help but also sympathy and understanding.

Board of Trustees



Dr. JOSE "Dodong" R. GULLAS

Executive VP and VP Finance


Comptroller & Senior Vice-President


Gerard Anthony S. Gullas

Jacqueline Gullas-Weckman

Joselito F. Gullas

Laurence Gullas-Lucero

Ex-Officio Member

Norma Selma-Gullas

John Vicente F. Gullas

Joie Mari Gullas-Yu

Leonard Gullas-Lucero

Leopold Gullas-Lucero

Lilian Lucero-Librodo


The University aims to,

Provide 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 Instill students with 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.

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


University of the Visayas was founded by the late Don Vicente Gullas in 1919 as the Visayan Institute (V.I.) in Cebu City.

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.

In 1948, the Visayan Institute was conferred a University status by the then Bureau of Private Schools, and it first became a University in Cebu.

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.


In 1935 Visayan Institute moved to its present site in Colon St.

In 1947, the VI moved back to its present site in Colon Street where the buildings of its main campus now stand as a historical landmark in the City of Cebu.

The VI was renamed as the Gullas College of Medicine. From that time on, the expansion in its baccalaureate and post graduate course offerings and its physical facilities has been phenomenal.


We take pride in proclaiming that University of the Visayas has grown into an eight-campus that provides 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 includes a gymnasium and occupies almost one city block in 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 Gullas College of Medicine Mandaue Campus (formerly Mandaue Academy) is located in downtown Cambaro, Mandaue City.
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