An Open University offers everyone equal opportunities using distance education through specific didactics and media. It has been designed to raise the level of education by providing retraining as a way of attracting potential students who want to pursue a degree, and as a result, raise the level of literacy in a particular region or country. The term open university usually refers to a university with an open door academic policy, which may include having no entry requirements.
The ETEEAP is a comprehensive educational assessment program at the tertiary level that recognizes, accredits and gives equivalencies to knowledge, skills, attitudes and values gained by individuals from relevant work. It is implemented through deputized higher education institutions that shall award the appropriate college degree. Beneficiaries must be Filipinos who are at least high school graduates. They must have worked for at least five years in the field or industry related to the academic program they are obtaining an equivalency. They must also be able to show proof of proficiency, capability and thorough knowledge in the field applied for equivalency.
The University of the Visayas was founded by the late Don Vicente Gullas in 1919 as the Visayan Institute in Cebu City. Today, it has grown into an 8 campus, province wide system of higher education and lower level laboratory schools. The main campus in Cebu City, with a 6 multi story building includes a gymnasium, and occupies almost one city block at the Colon, D. Jakosalem and Sanciangko Streets. The College of Dentistry and Nursing are located in a separate campus in Banilad, Mandaue City at the site of the Vicente Gullas Memorial Hospital and the Gullas College of Medicine.