University of Northern Philippines

University of Northern Philippines

The University of Northern Philippines (UNP) is a university in Barangay Tamag, in the City of Vigan in the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines. It is the first and oldest state university in Northern Luzon which offers low tuition fee, tracing its roots to 1906, which is older than the University of the Philippines by two years. It is the only state university in the province aimed for less-fortunate people and one of three state-owned educational institutions of higher learning operating in Ilocos Sur (with the Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College and the Northern Luzon Polytechnic State College, a former branch of the university).

The University of Northern Philippines holds the distinction of being the first state university in Northern Luzon. It was created through the enactment of Republic Act 4449 authored by the late Congressman FLORO S. CRISOLOGO. Approved on 19 June 1965, the Act converted the Ilocos Sur School of Arts and Trades, in the municipality of Vigan, province of Ilocos Sur, into this University.

Core Values


By invoking the aid of Divine Providence, we commit ourselves to be the best that we can be and do by continuously learning and enhancing our skills and developing proper attitudes towards work and people.


We endeavor to set and abide by high work standards and always be guided by the principles of objectivity and fairness.

Ethics and Integrity.

We pledge to serve with honor and humility always cognizant of the principle that "Public Office is a Public Trust


We endeavor to make all transactions, deals, records or any activity open and known by all people concerned.

Creativity and Productivity.

We offer efficient and effective interventions to varying needs of our clientele. We shall remain dynamic, open-minded and innovative workforce, responsive to changing times and circumstances constantly challenging the status quo and ever willing to face risk and confront uncertainties.

Synergy and Community.

We believe in and practice teamwork. We regard ourselves as a family providing one another support and inspiration in our work.


We commit ourselves to act on our own, responsive to a given situation.

We believe that our unflinching commitment to these values would enable us to fulfill our overriding responsibility to meet the needs the clients we serve.

President's Message

Excerpt from the Message of Dr. Gilbert R. Arce

(Delivered during the installation ceremonies held at the Presidents' Cottage on August 23, 2011)

We shall work for the improvement of our academic standards. We shall do this by initially going back to the basic and change the culture that has made us very comfortable with mediocrity. Middle level academic administrators have to do their basic functions to see to it that the students are the only ones blamed in poor board performances. The classroom performance of the instructors and professors should be evaluated meaningfully, and the best way to do it is for the academic unit administrators to go to the classrooms and observe classes. The presence of the faculty within the campus that ensures accessibility when needed by their students has to be thoroughly monitored. The faculty members have to set the examples of excellence in academic pursuits and not in other else. Everyone has to work for the accreditation of all our programs and to have our lost accreditation status be restored. The greatest challenge in attaining these ambitious goals rests on the Deans.

We shall work hard for the institutionalization of the knowledge production cycle, starting from the classroom until we shall have attained a name in world of authors and inventors. And so, we shall equip the faculty with the necessary skills and competencies by sending those who are willing to grow professionally to attain advance education and support all undertakings that will enhance their capabilities.

We shall see to it that all our academic program shall be accredited. One way of improving our services is to submit our academic programs to a thorough academic unit by our external partners in development. I am confident that as long as we are to make excellence as a part of our way of life, we will succeed in this endeavor.

UNP Facilities for Students

- Ultra-modern High tech Classrooms with Projectors

- Air-Conditioned Classrooms

- Computer and science laboratories

- Library & E-library with internet access

- Audio-visual rooms

- Huge Theater for all functions/Meetings

- Basket Ball Court, All Indoor Games

- Medical and health services.

Life on Campus

  • "Atmia Education is doing a great job. Because of Atmia Education I have got the chance to study in Government medical College. Philippines is a good choice. Food and residential facilities are much better here. Environment is also comfortable. If you'll choose UNP you will never regret. So don't think much and join Atmia Education team. They are very co-operative. Thanks to Atmia education team."

    Dodiya Jalpa

  • "It is a nice college, very very big campus. In the campus there is a very big lake and a big playground , nice hostel with wi-fi facility and one Philipino family cooks Gujarati food for us. In one room there are six students and six cupboards and A.C., so hostel is quite good. Thank you Atmia Education and especially Chiragbhai. It is a very awesome experience here."

    Brij Datta

  • "I can't express in words about Atmia Education. As my words will become smaller. Here I don't feel that I am far away from my family. Here local people beleive that we are also family members to them. May be sometimes our parents can forget something, but here every facility is available and everything is handled carefully."

    Gohel Neha

  • "I am glad and much happy to be here in UNP, Vigan City through the help of Atmia Education which is providing a great service to us, working really hard for the admission process and providing all the facilities. Atmia Education is trustworthy, I had not to face any problems thanks to them."

    Leasel Anantkumar Collins

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