Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

It would be remiss not to mention the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). While it does not have quite as much history as Uppsala University, SLU does have an important impact on the city, with an international profile which draws in students and researchers from all over the world.

SLU’s entrance

S.Pathkiller 2009, The entrance to SLU’s main assembly building, CC

SLU specializes in agriculture.

S.Pathkiller 2009, SLU specializes in agriculture, CC

In the middle of the 18th century, steps were taken to establish education and research in the fields of forestry, farming and veterinary medicine. Sweden’s first agricultural institute was formed in Degeberg in the county of Västergötland in 1833. Fifteen years later another agricultural institute was started in Ultuna, which lies just outside of Uppsala. Other institutes formed and in the beginning of the 20th century they were combined to form three agricultural colleges. Finally in 1977 the university received the name it bears today. The main areas of focus for SLU are food quality, animal husbandry, forestry and sustainability of both land and urban centers.