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List of top Agricultural Universities in the World

Abha Toppo
Abha Toppo

If you are keen to pursue a career in agriculture, forestry and allied fields then learn about the world's best universities with the QS World University Rankings 2019. It is important to mention that the QS World University Rankings is a yearly publication of the university rankings by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and is widely acknowledged.

Best Agricultural Universities

Now let’s discuss about the top 10 universities in detail:

Wageningen University, Netherlands

Wageningen University is one of the top international universities with programs in the field of healthy food and living environment. It tops the QS World Universities Ranking in Agriculture & Forestry sector. Additionally, Wageningen is the best university in the Netherlands for Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences and Development Studies.

The University offers a broad range of study options in the fields of energy, water, climate, environment, health, nutrition, landscape and animals. These fields are approached from different viewpoints such as economics, research, management, product development, technology and international cooperation. If you study at Wageningen University then you are guaranteed a premium quality education. Popular courses here are:

  • Soil, Water, Atmosphere

  • Animal Sciences

  • Food Technology

  • Environmental Sciences

  • Agroecology (European)

  • Animal Sciences

  • Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management

  • Organic Agriculture

  • Plant Biotechnology

  • Plant Breeding (online)

  • Plant Sciences etc…

For more details: visit the official university website

University of California Davis, US

University of California, Davis was established in 1908 and is well-known for its exceptional programs in agricultural as well as biological sciences. Also, its courses in engineering, mathematics, social sciences, physical sciences and arts, and humanities are well known and highly prestigious. Admission process for the upcoming session has already begun hence to grab your seat, fill the application form at the earliest.

Some of its major agricultural courses are Agricultural and Environmental Education (Major)

  • Animal Biology (Major)

  • Animal Science (Major & Minor)

  • Animal Science and Management (Major)

  • Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry (Major)

  • Genetics and Genomics (Major)

  • International Agricultural Development

  • Plant Biology

  • Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology and so on…

For more info: visit the official university website

Cornell University, US

The motto of Cornell University is - "I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study”. Cornell University was established in 1865 with the then fundamental intention of teaching and making contributions in all fields of knowledge. Since its origin, the university has been a co-educational and non-sectarian institution where admission is not restricted by religion or race. Some of the courses at the university are:

  • Animal Science

  • Applied Economics & Management

  • Atmospheric Science

  • Biochemistry, Molecular, & Cell Biology

  • Biological and Environmental Engineering

  • Food Science and Technology

  • Genetics and Development

  • Genomics (minor field)

  • International Agriculture and Rural Development

  • International Development

  • Plant Biology

  • Plant Breeding

  • Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology

  • Plant Protection

  • Risk Analysis, Communication and Policy (minor field)

  • Soil and Crop Sciences

For more details: visit the official university website

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

SLU is a university with complete knowledge of the sustainable use of biological natural resources, as well as of the environmental and life sciences. Activities at the university span from genes and molecules to biodiversity, animal health, bioenergy and food supply. Urban as well as regional planning, sustainable urban and rural development and global issues like climate change are also on the schedule. Some of the courses related to agriculture are:

  • Agricultural Economics and Management

  • Agricultural, Food and Environmental Policy Analysis

  • Agroecology

  • Animal Science

  • Forest Ecology and Sustainable Management

  • Horticulture Science

  • Sustainable Food Systems

  • Plant Biology for Sustainable Production

For more details: visit the official university website

University of California Berkeley (UCB), US

Established in the year 1868, the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) is basically a public research university and the flagship institution of the 10 research universities associated with the University of California system.

Berkeley is one amongst the 14 founding members of the Association of American Universities. It is also home to few world-renowned research institutes, including the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and the Space Sciences Laboratory. The university offers various courses and some of them are as follows:

  • Agricultural and Resource Economics

  • Applied Science and Technology

  • Earth and Planetary Science

  • Plant and Microbial Biology

  • Materials Science and Engineering

  • Environmental Science etc…

For more info: visit the official university website

University of Reading, UK

The University of Reading is one of the UK's leading research-intensive universities and is in the top 200 universities worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2018)

The university offers over 150 postgraduate taught courses, the teaching of the highest quality, and a multitude of opportunities, from studying abroad to learning languages to undertaking work placements.

  • Plant Diversity

  • Agricultural and Food Economics (MAT SCI)

  • Agricultural Economics

  • Sustainable Livestock Production

  • Food Economics and Marketing

  • Research Agriculture, Ecology and Environment

For more details: visit the official university website


University of Wisconsin-Madison, US

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is another public research university with a huge 378 hectare campus that comprises of - a hospital, an on-campus dairy farm, botanical gardens and a music hall. The US University has an excellent academic reputation. It was one of the top 100 universities in the world in terms of employability in the Graduate Employability Rankings 2017, partly because of its impressive alumni outcomes. The university offers various courses in different fields including agriculture and some of them are listed below:

  • Geography

  • History

  • Chemical engineering

  • Agriculture and forestry

  • Communication and media studies

  • Education and training

  • Sociology

For more info: visit the official university website

Michigan State University, US

For more than 150 years, Michigan State has been imparting knowledge and transforming lives through its philosophy, research and outreach. Founded in 1855 as the country’s pioneer land-grant institution, the Michigan State University is now one of the largest universities in the United States. The university’s record of academic distinction has led to the development of a varied community of students from all 50 states and over 125 foreign countries. Some of the courses here are:

  • Agribusiness Management

  • Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics

  • Animal Science-Environmental Toxicology

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education

For more details: visit the official university website

Purdue University, US

Purdue University is also a public research university situated in West Lafayette, Indiana. It is the flagship campus of the Purdue University system. The university was established in 1869 after Lafayette entrepreneur John Purdue gave land and money to set up a college of science, technology, and agriculture in his name. Some of the major courses in agriculture here are:

  • Agricultural communication

  • Agricultural Economics

  • Agricultural Education

  • Agricultural Engineering

  • Agronomy

  • Animal Sciences

  • Aquatic Sciences

  • Crop Science

  • Farm Management etc

For more info: visit the official university website

AgroParisTech, France

AgroParisTech is a French university-level institution, which is also called ‘Grande Ecole’. The university was founded in 2007 after the merger of 3 life sciences ‘Grandes écoles’. Leader in agronomy and life sciences, AgroParisTech is one of the leading and most prestigious Grandes Ecoles.

AgroParisTech offers different Master degree programs:

  • 3 different Masters of Engineering – Agronomy - Food Science and Engineering - Forestry

  • 1 Master's program with 5 domains that cover most fields of Life Science and Technology

  • 2 Masters of Science

  • One of seven partner universities in the Master of Science in European Forestry program

The University also offers a wide range of Ph.D courses, 1 Post-Master's degree for Management and Administration in environmental sciences and policies as well as 9 Post-master professional certificates.

For more details: visit the official university website

Hence these were all about the world’s top universities according to the latest QS rankings that offer courses in agriculture, forestry, and other important fields. Hope the article was useful to you!!!!

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