Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

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Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet Logo.svg
Typepublic university
Established1977 (1775)
Vice-ChancellorPeter Högberg [1]
Administrative staff
3 080
Students3 935 (FTE), 2012)[2]

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.

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 2012 3080 full-time staff, 3935 full-time students, 714 research students and 241 professors.


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.

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.


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.[3] In 2019, the journal was taken over by Now Publishers.

University rankings
ARWU World[4] 201–300
THE World[5] 251–300

In the 2007 Academic Ranking of World Universities, SLU was ranked in 5–9 place in Sweden, 81–123 in Europe and 203–304 in the world.

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 January 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Journal of Forest Economics". Elsevier. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  4. ^ "ARWU World University Rankings 2017 | Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017 | Top 500 universities | Shanghai Ranking - 2017". Shanghai Ranking. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  5. ^ "World University Rankings". Times Higher Education (THE). 18 August 2017.

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