Full name in the national language University of Cebu
Acronym UC
Website http://uc.edu.ph/
Project institutional coordinator Sheryl B. Satorre, Ph.D.
E-mail iamsbsatorre@gmail.com
Telephone +632 255 7777

The University of Cebu (UC) is an educational institution in Cebu City, Philippines founded in 1964 by Atty. Augusto W. Go. With over 44,000 students from pre-school to post-graduate students in 4 campuses, UC is the country’s private university. UC is consistently producing topnotchers in Board exams for Engineering, Maritime Studies, Marine Engineering, Naval Architecture, Nursing, Accounting, Criminology and Customs Administration. In 2012, 5 out of the top 10 places in Mechanical Engineering went to UC. While the university is one of the youngest Law Schools in the country, it has produced 2 of the top 10 places in the Bar Exams in successive years. In 2008, UC signed an agreement with the Norwegian Shipowner’s Association to educate approximately 900 maritime scholars. These scholars enjoy free tuition, board and lodging, books and uniforms. To date, UC has around 1,000 maritime scholars from local and international companies and most are assured of employment after graduation. The university is recognized as one of the top 10 universities nation-wide with the most number of accredited programs by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities – Commission on Accreditation (PACU-COA) in 2004. Awarded with ISO and Det Norske Veritas (DNV) accreditation in 1998, UC played an important role in allowing Filipino seafarers to continue working onboard international vessels and ensure the continuous flow of billions of pesos in overseas remittances.


Candice Gotianuy, MA is a graduate of Masters in Education from Harvard University, Cambridge. She oversees the country’s largest private university as Chancellor of the University of Cebu. At age 21, she was the youngest University Chancellor in the country. Ms. Gotianuy also holds different positions such as Proprietor (Whistlejacket Farm), President (University of Cebu Medical Center), Managing Director (St. Vincent’s General Hospital), President (College of Technological Sciences), Treasurer (Chelsea Land Development Corporation), Vice-President (Gotianuy Realty Corporation), Director (Cebu Central Realty Corporation), Director (Visayan Surety and Insurance Corporation), Executive VP (AWG Development Corporation), and Honorary Consul of Norway in Cebu.


Dean Ofelia Mana, MST-CS is the Campus Director of the University of Cebu-Banilad Campus. She finished an Executive Development Program at Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands, MS in Teaching major in Computer Science at De la Salle University, and BS in Business Administration (graduated CUM LAUDE) at Siliman University. Her work experiences include Dean (College of Computer Science, University of Cebu-Main), Director (Siliman University Computer Center), Education Head (United Computer Programming), Vice-President (ENZIO Consultancy Clinic), Assistant Professor (Siliman University), and Administrative Staff (Universal Robina Corporation). Currently, she is a candidate Doctor in Organizational Development and Transofrmation at the Cebu Doctors’ University in Cebu City Philippines.


Melvin M. Ninal, Ph.D. is currently the Dean of the College of Computer Studies of University of Cebu as well as UC’s OBE/OBTL Unit Head. He was the university’s Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO) Manager from 2011 to 2014. Prior to joining UC, he was faculty and dean of CCS at Southwestern University in Cebu City for 8 years. He finished his PhD in Educational Management at University of Bohol and his Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) at University of San Jose-Recoletos. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) at Cebu Institute of Technology-University.


Sheryl B. Satorre, Ph.D. works as a college instructor at the University of Cebu-Main. She has mentored more than 30 startup-based Capstone Projects. She also serves as a mentor for various startup competitions and boot camps like Philippine Startup Challenge, Smart SWEEP Excellence and Innovation Award, Startup Weekend, and Cebu Launchpad. She finished her PhD in Technology Management at Cebu Technological University, MA in Teaching major in ICT at Southwestern University, and BS in Mathematics major in Computer Science at Cebu Institute of Technology-University. Her Ph.D. dissertation entitled, “Cebu City Technology Startup Ecosystem”, assessed the vibrancy of the local startup key players, and produced the Cebu City Startup Ecosystem Canvas.