Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2017, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) was founded in 1977, combining its predecessors: the Agricultural, Forestry and Veterinary University Colleges, the Veterinary School at Skara and the Forestry School at Skinnskatteberg, which were established over the previous two centuries. SLU’s vision is that it will play “a key role in development for sustainable life, based on science and education,” while advancing its mission “through our focus on the interaction between humans, animals and ecosystems and the responsible use of natural resources, we contribute to sustainable societal development and good living conditions on our planet.”
SLU is situated in three main locations: Alnarp, Umeå, Uppsala, which comprise their four faculties: Faculty of Forest Sciences, Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Horticulture and Crop Production Science, Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences, and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science. Additionally, the university administers research, education, environmental assessment and collaborative activities at several research stations, experimental parks and campuses throughout Sweden.
NC State’s partnership with SLU involves joint research, academic cooperation and student exchange. Forestry, natural resources and environmental science are shared strengths between the two universities providing the foundation for active collaboration.