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A school offering less privileged students a chance to have a good and affordable education has always been the motivation that drives businessman and lawyer Augusto Go to make his school, University of Cebu (UC), to grow and become one of Cebu’s pride in the area of education.

And if growth through the school’s facilities and quality of education are among the gauge to measure the school’s success then UC has come a long way since it started nearly half a century ago.

After 46 years, the school has now four campuses and has produced several topnotchers board exams in their chosen courses in nursing, lawyers, and maritime education.

It’s even amazing how lawyer Go started the school with just a P40,000 investment.
“I started the school with a very minimal investment in 1964 with both the high school and college division already,” said lawyer Go, who was then only 28 years old when he opened the school and sat as the school director. His motivation as always was to have a school that would give the less fortunate a chance to get a good and affordable education.

The University of Cebu started as the Cebu College of Commerce in 1964. As a newly opened school, Go said that people were then still hestitant to enrol their children to the school. He said even his friends often would just show interest by sending their house helpers to the school.

After years of diligence and hard work to make a mark in Cebu and in the country, Cebu College of Commerce then became known as Cebu Central Colleges (CCC) in 1972. The school also offers more courses like Education, Liberal Arts, Customs, Criminology, Nursing, Midwifery, Health Aide, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Mechanical, Electrical and Civil Engineering, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Information and Computer Science, Computer Engineering.

In 1983, the University of Cebu (UC) was born and became the first university in the region to offer a course in Computer Science. At present, UC has already set up three other campuses located in Banilad, Mambaling, and Lapu-Lapu Mandaue, that offers courses based on what's needed in the place according to Atty. Go.

UC Banilad campus offers courses including Nursing, Midwifery, Health Aide, Caregiver, Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Management, Computer Engineering, Electronics and Communications Engineering, and Tourism.

“We also have started an incentive system three years ago which we will be awarding those who will be at the top three of any board exam except Maritime graduates because they always would top the exams. This is only for all other courses,” Go said.

His daughter, Candice Gotianuy, is now helping him run the school sitting as the University's Chancellor. Future plans include expansion of their Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue Campus in terms of facilities and buildings, Go said.

“Next year we are also targeting to offer Medicine here in our main campus,” Go said.