The University of Northern Philippines (UNP) in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur holds the distinction of being the oldest state institution of higher learning in Northern Luzon. It was created through the enactment of Republic Act 4449 authored by the late Congressman Floro S. Crisologo. Approved on June 19, 1965, the Act converted the Ilocos Sur School of Arts and Trades into what is presently known as the University of Northern Philippines.
The University assures that it plays a vital role in the social progress since it espouses the values of relevance, quality, cost effectiveness and impact along with its trifocal function - instruction, research and extension which structurally form the integral part of higher education.
The medical program sustains to innovate and improve its quest for quality and excellence through periodically reviewing its curriculum to ensure that it remains responsive to the needs of the dynamic health system.
The university is medical program leaves no stone unturned when it comes to realizing its vision and mission of responding to health care needs of the region. Its fervent vision of building a community of health care professionals who are highly competent, honest, hardworking corresponds to its mission of producing compassionate and socially-conscious medical graduates.
For convenient and enjoyable stay of local and foreign students, the following appropriate facilities are provided for such as sufficient housing and boarding facilities for both male and female student-residents, computer center for speedy internet service, athletic oval and gymnasium for sports and recreational activities, laboratory facilities with wide variety of simulations, audio-visual materials and models for research and experimentation.
In addition , the UNP has a Guestel Building which is open 24 hours for guests. It has also a training center which caters to a large number of guests with 150 beds and with fully air-conditioned private halls and conference room. Similarly, the Open Cafe serves local and international delectable cuisine which are prepared by professionally trained chefs and servers . Not far from the campus is a five-minute drive to a commercial complex for convenient shopping and recreation for local and foreign students.