History

Last changed: 23 November 2016
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SLU is a young university with a long history. It was founded in 1977 out of the agricultural, forestry and veterinary university colleges, the Veterinary School at Skara and the Forestry School at Skinnskatteberg.

1775

Veterinary school founded at Skara. Peter Hernquist, who was an apprentice of Carl Linnaeus and the father of Swedish veterinary medicine, was the head of the new department, which was the sixth of its kind in the world.

1821

Veterinary school founded in Stockholm. The name was changed to the Veterinary Institute in 1867 and in 1914 it became a university college. 

1813

Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry founded to promote rural life in Sweden. The academy conducted research and experiments in Stockholm. 

1828

Forest Institute founded offer higher education practical forestry training. university college in The age and growth rate of fish can be ascertained from the rings on their scales. The Freshwater research laboratory examines 14,000 samples each year. 

1848

Ultuna Agricultural Institute is founded at the initiative of Robert von Kraemer och Johan Arrhenius.

1907

Swedish Central Agricultural Experiment Station founded. It takes over most of the work of the Swedish Academy of Agriculture. 

1932

Agricultural University College is established, based on the Ultuna Agricultural Institute and parts of the Central Agricultural Experimental Station’s research activities.

1977

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) founded, combining the Agricultural, Forestry and Veterinary University Colleges, the Veterinary School at Skara and the Forestry School at Skinnskatteberg.

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The Agricultural University College was established in 1932, based on the Ultuna Agricultural Institute and parts of the Central Agricultural Experimental Station’s research activities. Photo: Nordiska museet

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