University of Nueva Caceres

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University of Nueva Caceres
Seal of University of Nueva Caceres.png
Former name
Nueva Caceres Colleges (1948)
Motto Non Scholæ Sed Vitæ (Latin)
Motto in English
Not of School but of Life
Type Private, non-sectarian, research, coeducational, basic and higher education institution
EstablishedJune 01, 1948
(73 years and 352 days)
FounderJaime Hernandez
Academic affiliation
Chairman Felicito C. Payumo
President Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya [1]
(July 30, 2018–present)
4th University President
Total staff
StudentsApproximately 10,000
(all levels as of 2018)
Undergraduates 5,000
Postgraduates 2,000
J. Hernandez Avenue
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13°37′29″N123°10′57″E / 13.6246°N 123.1825°E / 13.6246; 123.1825 Coordinates: 13°37′29″N123°10′57″E / 13.6246°N 123.1825°E / 13.6246; 123.1825
CampusUrban, 5 ha (12 acres)
Alma mater song"UNC Hymn"
Colors UNC Colors.png Red & gray
Nickname Greyhounds
Sporting affiliations
Naga City Inter-Collegiate Basketball League

The University of Nueva Caceres (UNC) is a private non-sectarian university in Naga City, Bicol Region, Philippines. It is run by iPeople, Inc., a joint venture of Ayala Corporation and Yuchengco Group of Companies. [2] It is the oldest and the first university in southern Luzon. [3] Founded in 1948, it offers pre-school, elementary, junior high school, senior high school, undergraduate, and graduate programs.


Founded by Dr. Jaime Hernandez Sr. in 1948, it has grown to become one of the leading institutions of higher learning in the country. All course offerings are recognized by the government and the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education, and Business and Accountancy are accredited by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACU-COA). [4]


In February 1948, Don Jaime Hernandez Sr. invited prominent Bicolanos to join him as incorporators of a planned new school. The incorporation papers were signed on May 9, 1948, by Hernandez himself, Jaime Reyes, Jose T. Fuentebella, Edmundo Cea, Atty. Buenaventura Blancaflor, Nicole Tado Sr., Juan F. Trivino, Antonio M. Sison, Manuel Abella, and Domingo Abella, among others. The Securities and Exchange Commission approved the incorporators on May 18, 1948.

The school officially started operation on July 1, 1948, as the Nueva Caceres Colleges. The initial courses offered were Liberal Arts, Commerce, Education and high school with a total enrollment of 958. The students of the newly opened school had their classes in the rented Flordeliza Building fronting the public kiosk (now Plaza Quezon) and the Governor Andres Hernandez residence along Burgos Street (now Grand Imperial Plaza).

In the ensuing years, additional courses were opened: elementary (1949), graduate school (1953), law (1951), engineering (1949), nursing (defunct 19552005), secretarial (1955) and kindergarten (1993).

In September 1951, the university administration acquired the Rey property and transformed it from a marshland to its present condition. By early 1952 almost half of the site was filled and buildings began to rise. Bishop Pedro P. Santos blessed the new campus and the first two buildings, the original Dato Hall and Alba Hall on July 11, 1952. Other buildings were soon built to address the needs of a growing student population. Under the leadership of university president Dolores H. Sison, there is an ongoing multi-million infrastructure program to further modernize the institution.

On July 30, 2018, Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya was appointed as the fourth president of the university. According to Alfredo I. Ayala, UNC is fortunate to have Lauraya as the new president. Dr. Lauraya is an accomplished and proven leader who has a track record of engaging with and empowering both staff and students, introducing innovative new programs, and investing in employee development and a merit based promotion system. [5]

Ayala Education, Inc

On July 28, 2015, the AYALA Group raised its stake in the Philippine education sector by investing ₱450 million to acquire 60 percent of University of Nueva Caceres. [6] As a result of this investment, Ayala Education will hold the majority of UNC's board seats. In addition, UNC appointed Ayala Education's CEO, Alfredo Ayala, as the president of the board of trustees.

Organization and administration


Board of trustees


UNC Greyhounds

The University of Nueva Caceres, for many years now, have chosen the label "Greyhound" to be the official tag of the school.


College of Computer Studies

LINC Senior High School

LINC, or Learning with Industry Collaboration, is the Senior High School Academic Program at the University of Nueva Caceres.

Academic tracksAccountancy, Business, and Management (ABM)
General Academic Strand (GAS)
Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM)
Tech. Voc. tracksFood and Beverage Services (FBS)
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)


Community extension

The University of Nueva Caceres – Institutionalized Community Extension Services (UNC – ICES) is the central office and coordinating center of the university for its Extension Service Program. It serves as the institutional coordinating arm of various departments, colleges and student organizations’ community services. The office initiates and co-implements projects and programs and identify departments who will be the lead implementer based on their line of interest and expertise. It assists, advises, monitors and evaluates the Extension Program of the university or specific department as it ties up with offices like the Research Center, DSA, VPSEA, Deans and Principals, and the Local Government Units (LGUs), Government Line Agencies, NGOs and POs.

ICES ensures that students, faculty members and non-teaching personnel of the university are provided with opportunities to get involved in various extension activities or program either institutionally or departmentally initiated and implemented. Once in a while alumni and UNC partners like Parents – Teachers – Council are tapped to support activities. Students' involvement in Extension is varied. It can be curricular-related (like Social Arts, NSTP – CWTS, Practicum), extra-curricular involvement (like student organizations / fraternities / sororities), or simply volunteerism like (ICES student volunteers, Campus Ministry volunteers, Peer facilitators, College Red Cross Youth). Teaching and non-teaching personnel can participate as resource speakers, lecturers, facilitators, trainer initiators / organizers of an activity together with identified student organizations or community groups. [8]

Student services

Guidance center

The guidance center provides services that will facilitate the growth and development of the students so that they will become more effective functional and productive members of the society.

Campus ministry

The campus ministry coordinates all religious activities within the university, as well as the university's participation in related religious activities outside the campus. It plans and implements various programs geared toward moral and spiritual formation of the students and the entire university population. It encourages and develop student volunteerism for responsible and committed Christian action.

Office of the Director for Student Affairs

This office is primarily concerned with the coordination and overall development of non-academic areas of student life. It formulates and implements policies, rules and regulation concerning student activities and welfare and provides guidance and assistance to students and planning and organizing their activities.

Speech clinic

This clinic is equipped with individual booths, tape recorders and earphones which enable the students to follow speech models and also hear their own voices. It trains in pronunciation, enunciation, diction and other nuances of the English language.


The University Museum is a pet project of Don Jaime Hernandez, the founder of the University of Nueva Caceres. It started on October 1, 1952, having as one of its primary aims to collect objects of interests in the arts and sciences. The UNC is the second educational institution in the Philippines to have a museum.

Curators of the UNC Museum
Hon. Ignacio Meliton (1952 – 1967)
Mr. Honorio Torres (1967 – 1969)
Mr. Rodolfo Baking (1969 – 1970)
Mr. Isidro Atienza (1970 – 1972)
Mr. Rosalio Parrone (1972 – 1975)
Mrs. Lydia San Jose (1976 – 1979)
Mr. Benjamin Dy-Liaco (1981 – 1983)
Miss Salvacion A. Ramos (1979 – 1981); (1984 – 1996)
Mr. Clodualdo Ceron (1996 – 2017)

The UNC Museum is the first museum in Bicol (October 1, 1952) with the biggest and most varied collection consisting of historical-cultural pictures and documents/realias and models on UNC/Bicol and the country on its four periods of history: the Ancient, the Spanish, the American, and the Republic. A mini-global collection ends the presentation. The temporary exhibit uses the central gallery.

The total number of visitors annually is 10,000 consisting of UNCeans and both local, provincial, regional, national educational tours and international visitors. Admission is free of charge.

The University of Nueva Caceres is the second, private educational institution in the Philippines to have a Museum. When the late President Emeritus Jaime Hernandez founded the Nueva Caceres Colleges, one of his dreams for the future university was the establishment of a school Museum. He wanted to build sanctuary where historical relic, especially those of Bicol might be preserved for posterity, thus on October 1, 1952, the Museum was founded with the late Ignacio Meliton as the first Curator. [9]

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