||The University of Northern Philippines (UNP)
in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur holds the distinction
of being the oldest state institution of higher
learning in Northern Luzon. It was created through
the enactment of Republic Act 4449 authored by
the late Congressman Floro S. Crisologo. Approved
on June 19, 1965, the Act converted the Ilocos
Sur School of Arts and Trades into what is presently
known as the University of Northern Philippines.
The University of Northern Philippines (UNP) has signed
an educational partnership with HCMI , to promote
the University’s Medical Programmes.
(From L to R : Prof. Ador Tolentino-UNP, Mr.Singh-
HCMI President, Dr. Lauro B. Tacbas-UNP President,
& Mr. Thurman Bell-HCMI Director).
The University assures that it plays a
vital role in the social progress since it espouses the
values of relevance, quality, cost effectiveness and impact
along with its trifocal function - instruction, research
and extension which structurally form the integral part
of higher education.
The medical program sustains to innovate
and improve its quest for quality and excellence through
periodically reviewing its curriculum to ensure that it
remains responsive to the needs of the dynamic health system.
The university’s medical program
leaves no stone unturned when it comes to realizing its
vision and mission of responding to health care needs of
the region. Its fervent vision of building a community of
health care professionals who are highly competent, honest,
hardworking corresponds to its mission of producing compassionate
and socially-conscious medical graduates.
For convenient and
enjoyable stay of local and foreign students, the following
appropriate facilities are provided for such as sufficient
housing and boarding facilities for both male and female
student-residents, computer center for speedy internet service,
athletic oval and gymnasium for sports and recreational
activities, laboratory facilities with wide variety of simulations,
audio-visual materials and models for research and experimentation.
In addition , the UNP has a Guestel Building which is open
24 hours for guests. It has also a training center which
caters to a large number of guests with 150 beds and with
fully air-conditioned private halls and conference room.
Similarly, the Open Cafe serves local and international
delectable cuisine which are prepared by professionally
trained chefs and servers . Not far from the campus is a
five-minute drive to a commercial complex for convenient
shopping and recreation for local and foreign students.
The Guidance Services program assists students
in gaining awareness and deep understanding of their problems,
hence, making intelligent decisions that will lead to self-direction.
Similarly, the University recognizes the holistic development
of the students by infusing moral values.
The foreign student services are designed
to facilitate the foreign students’ adjustment and
development in the University. Consultation and assistance
for their needs, assistance in planning and implementation
of their projects are provided.
The University encourages the publication
of newsletters and journals to inform and to express students’
opinions through creative writing.
The University recognizes the importance
of right conduct and discipline of the students in the pursuit
of education. Cases of misconduct and lack of self-discipline
which are beyond the parameters of effective counseling
process are referred to the Student Discipline which is
in charge of the judicious implementation of the Student
Code of Conduct and Discipline.
The university provides its students with sufficiently
comfortable housing facilities for both male and female
student-residents. These dormitories are provided with bathrooms,
kitchen and laundry areas.
Aside from catering services, the university’s
food and accommodation center also provides rental for physical
At present, the University of Northern Philippines
holds the distinction of being a Level IV University, the
highest level for State Colleges and Universities in the
country, duly accredited and certified by the Commission
of Higher Education (CHED).
It has collaborated with the University
of Hawaii Kapiolani Community College for its exchange program
in nursing. In Medicine, affiliate hospitals include Candon
General Hospital, Salcedo District Hospital, Sta. Lucia
District Hospital, Southern Ilocos Sur District Hospital,
Sto. Nino Hospital, Cagayan Valley Medical Center, Candon
City Hospital, Central Ilocos Sur District Hospital and
the Ilocos Region Training Medical Center.
Furthermore, UNP is the only State University
in Region I and Cordillera that has produced a University
Professor who is one among those who obtained an excellent
rating nationwide. Additionally, UNP is the only State University
outside Metro Manila that participated in World Bank funded
researches, and the only university in Region I accorded
by USAID with two research grants in a span of three years.
Sur which is located along the west coast of Northern Luzon
has absolutely kept a magnificent history. Its past account
which still lingers in the present time is a symbol of a
preserved culture of the Filipino people. The province reveals
its eco-historical tourism sites with century-old religious
edifices and infrastructures with a unique blend of elements
from Philippines, China and Europe. The 16th century town
of Vigan, featured in the UNESCO’s World Heritage
list in November 1999, probably is the best preserved example
of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia.
Stay in this unique place can be eventful
with museums, historical monuments and churches to explore.
Special trails with plenty of waterfalls to trek can be
an exciting experience. Besides, exotic beaches are provided
with rest houses and picnic sheds with complimented cultural
activities and festivals.