Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies

The Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, previously Latvia University of Agriculture (LUA) (Latvian: Latvijas Lauksaimniecības universitāte (LLU)),[2] is a university in Jelgava, Latvia, specializing in agricultural science, forestry, food technology and related areas.

Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies
Latvijas Lauksaimniecības universitāte
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Jelgava Palace, the administrative centre of the university
Former names
Jelgava Academy of Agriculture (1936–1944),
Latvia Academy of Agriculture (1944–1990)
Latvia University of Agriculture (1990–2018)
MottoProventus pro patria
Motto in English
For the Growth of the Fatherland[1]
RectorIrina Pilvere
Administrative staff
Students4,778 (2013)
186 (2013)
Colours    Yellow, white and brown
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The university originated as the Agricultural Department at the Riga Polytechnical Institute in 1863, which in 1919 became the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Latvia.[3] It became an independent institution in 1939,[3] when it was established as the Academy of Agriculture in the Jelgava Palace, which had been renovated for that purpose.[4] It was renamed to the Latvia University of Agriculture in 1990[3] and Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies on March 6, 2018.[2]


The university consists of 8 faculties offering the following study programmes:[5]

Faculty of Economics and Social Development
  • Faculty of Economics and Social Development (2013)
  • Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management
  • Business Management
  • Financial Management
  • Faculty of Information Technologies (2001)
  • Computer Control and Computer Science (Bachelor)
  • Information Technologies for Sustainable Development (Software Engineering bachelor)
  • Information Technologies (Master)
  • Information Technologies (PhD)
  • Faculty of Agriculture (1863)
  • Agriculture
  • Agricultural Entrepreneurship
  • Agronomist with Specialization in Zootechnics
  • Field Crops
  • Horticulture
Faculty of Environment and Civil Engineering
  • Faculty of Environment and Civil Engineering (1947)
  • Civil Engineering and Construction
  • Land Surveying and Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture and Planning
  • Water Management
  • Environment and Water Management
  • Environmental Engineering
Forest Faculty
  • Forest Faculty (1920)
  • Forestry Science
  • Forest Ecology and Silviculture
  • Forest Works and Machinery
  • Forest Economics and Policy
  • Wood Materials and Technology
  • Forestry
  • Wood Processing Technology
  • Wood Processing
  • Labour Safety
  • Forest Engineering
  • Food Product Technology (Professional bachelor)
  • Food Quality and Innovations (Bachelor)
  • Catering and Hotel Management (Bachelor)
  • Food Science (Master)
  • Nutrition Science (Master)
  • Food Science (PhD)
Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering (1944)
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Technical Expert
  • Agricultural Power Engineering
  • Machine Design and Manufacturing
  • Home Environment in Education
  • Teacher of Vocational Education
  • Pedagogy
  • Career Counsellor
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (1919)
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Food Hygiene (Master)


Latvia University of Life Sciences (LLU) is ranked in the 1001+ bracket in Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020. LLU has been ranked 174th among EECA (Eastern Europe and Central Asia) universities. LLU is also ranked in Multirank and other well-known university ranks.


  • Pāvils Kvelde (lv) (1939–1940, 1941–1944)
  • Pauls Galenieks (lv) (1940–1941)
  • Jānis Ostrovs (1941)
  • Maksis Eglītis (lv) (1944)
  • Jānis Peive (1944–1950)
  • Amālija Cekuliņa (1950–1954)
  • Jānis Vanags (lv) (1954–1961)
  • Pāvils Zariņš (1961–1966)
  • Olģerts Ozols (1966–1976)
  • Kazimirs Špoģis (lv) (1976–1980)
  • Viktors Timofejevs (1980–1986)
  • Imants Gronskis (1986–1992)
  • Voldemārs Strīķis (lv) (1992–2002)
  • Pēteris Bušmanis (2002–2004)
  • Juris Skujāns (2004–2014)
  • Irina Pilvere (2014–present)

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ Zane Plone (September 12, 2013). "Stamp dedicated to 150th anniversary of Latvia University of Agriculture to be presented in ceremony". Latvijas Pasts. Retrieved 2016-05-07.
  2. ^ a b "Latvia University of Agriculture changes its name to Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies". Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies. May 6, 2018. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  3. ^ a b c United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (2002). Latvia: Towards a Knowledge-Based Economy. United Nations. p. 23. ISBN 92-1-116822-8.
  4. ^ "The Jelgava palace throughout the centuries". Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies. Retrieved 2011-03-09.
  5. ^ Latvian University of Life Sciences and Technologies: Structure

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Coordinates: 56°40′01″N 23°45′37″E / 56.66694°N 23.76028°E / 56.66694; 23.76028