Mission, vision, values and strategies

Last changed: 18 April 2017

Here, we present SLU's mission, vision, values, objectives and strategies.

Mission statement

SLU develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. 

This is achieved by research, education and environmental monitoring and assessment, in collaboration with the surrounding community.


SLU is a world-class university in the fields of life and environmental sciences.

Values for SLU

SLU values express the organisation's common fundamental values. These provide guidance in everyday life, by describing what the starting point for you actiivity is, for contacts with the outside world, and how we behave towards each other and others. All SLU employees are included in these values.The fundamental values are:

  • scientific approach
  • creativity
  • openness
  • responsibility.

In addition to these four fundamental values, there are six fundamental principles:

  • democracy
  • legality
  • objectivity, factuality and equal treatment
  • free formation of opinions
  • respect
  • efficiency and service. 

Strategic objectives

SLU has the following common objectives:

  • Operations are of the highest international class, characterised by strong links between education and research.
  • Research, education and environmental monitoring are pursued in collaboration with selected higher education institutions and sectors, and the wider society.
  • Research findings are known and used in society.
  • There is a strong international dimension, for example by strategic collaboration with universities and research institutes abroad.
  • We contribute to strengthening Sweden’s position as a knowledge nation and contribute to the development of the sustainable use and management of natural resources.
  • Our students and employees have a work environment and working conditions that are among the most attractive.
  • The organisation functions well, has distinct leadership and uses resources efficiently.
  • Gender equality and diversity perspectives have a strong position throughout operations.
  • Employees and students are our best ambassadors. 

SLU's strategy is valid from January 1, 2017.

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