History

Last changed: 02 November 2017
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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 was founded for higher education practical forestry training.

1848

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

1862

Alnarp castle was ready to welcome the first higher agricultural students.

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.

Invigning av Lantbrukshögskolan 1932. Nordiska museet, CC BY-NC-ND
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

Contact

Sune Lindh, Academy Secretary 
Vice-Chancellor's Office, SLU                                                      
sune.lindh@slu.se, +46 18-67 10 12, +46 070-524 99 48