Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

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Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet Logo.svg
MottoScience and Education for Sustainable Life
TypePublic University
Established1977 (1775)
ChairmanRolf Brennerfelt[1]
Vice-ChancellorMaria Knutson Wedel[1]
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Colors    Dark crimson and Deep turquoise[3]

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, or Swedish Agricultural University (Swedish: Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet) (SLU) is a university in Sweden. Although its head office is located in Ultuna, Uppsala, the university has several campuses in different parts of Sweden, the other main facilities being Alnarp in Lomma Municipality, Skara, and Umeå. Unlike other state-owned universities in Sweden, it is funded through the budget for the Ministry for Rural Affairs. The University was co-founder of the Euroleague for Life Sciences (ELLS) which was established in 2001.[citation needed]

The university has four faculties: Faculty of Landscape Planning, Horticulture and Agricultural Sciences, Faculty of Natural Resources and Agriculture Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science and Faculty of Forest Sciences. SLU had in 2020 3155 full-time staff, 4216 full-time students, 559 research students and 191 professors.[4]


The university was formed in 1977 by combining three existing separate colleges for veterinary medicine, forestry and agriculture, as well as some smaller units into one organisation in order to improve the efficiency by sharing resources between departments. At the same time, the Veterinary college and Forestry college were moved from Stockholm to Ultuna, which already was the main campus of the Agricultural college. The locations used by the two relocated colleges are today used by the Stockholm University.[citation needed]

These colleges had a long history as separate institutions. The Veterinary Institution in Skara was founded in 1775 and was headed by Peter Hernqvist, a student of both Carl von Linné and of Claude Bourgelat, who founded the first veterinary college in Lyon in 1762. From 1821 a new veterinary institution in Stockholm took over the training of veterinarians from Skara. The Institute of Forestry was founded in Stockholm in 1828 to provide higher education to those who had gone through practical forestry schools, and was made into a college 1915. An agricultural institute was founded in Ultuna in 1848 and in Alnarp in 1862, under the supervision of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture, founded in 1813. These institutes, and the experimental activities conducted by the Academy from 1814, were the basis of the Agricultural College, which was created in 1932.[citation needed]


The Journal of Forest Economics (ISSN 1104-6899) was published by Elsevier in affiliation with the Department of Forest Economics. It was founded by Sören Wibe.[5] In 2019, the journal was taken over by Now Publishers.

University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[6]201–300
THE World[7]251–300

In the 2020 QS World University Ranking, SLU was ranked at 3rd place in the world for the subject Agriculture and Forestry.[8]

Notable alumni[edit]

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  1. ^ a b "University Board". SLU.SE. 22 August 2019. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Facts and figures". SLU.SE. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  3. ^ "SLU's identity colours". SLU.SE. 30 October 2019. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Facts and figures". SLU.SE. Retrieved 27 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Journal of Forest Economics". Elsevier. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  6. ^ "ARWU World University Rankings 2017 | Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017 | Top 500 universities | Shanghai Ranking - 2017". Shanghai Ranking. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  7. ^ "World University Rankings". Times Higher Education (THE). 18 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Agriculture & Forestry". Top Universities. 24 February 2020. Retrieved 27 January 2021.

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Coordinates: 59°48′54″N 17°39′47″E / 59.815°N 17.663°E / 59.815; 17.663