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You are welcome to the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS). RIPS was established in 1972 by the United Nations in partnership with the Government of Ghana, as a regional center of excellence for teaching and research on population and related disciplines, including health and environment and their implications for development. RIPS is an important institution in anglophone Africa for the training of population scientists and generation of  high-quality research in population and related disciplines in order to provide solutions for solving development challenges in Ghana and beyond.

As we begin another academic year, I would like to renew the commitment of RIPS to the training of high-quality population scientists with a high degree of intellect, independence and character that is capable of competing with the best in Africa, and beyond. RIPS currently offers the following programs: M.A., MPhil and PhD in Population Studies. Since its inception, RIPS has trained over 600 population scientists from across the sub-region. RIPS offers an excellent international learning environment where students benefit from building their knowledge on population, demography and related sub-fields. It has a vibrant intellectual climate that stimulates relevant cutting-edge research, and community engagement that promotes innovative solutions to the demographic challenges of the continent.

RIPS is under the College of Humanities, University of Ghana. With an academic and research faculty strength of 14, and a support staff of 29, our human resources have a diverse expertise in areas such as demography, health, climate change, and related sub-disciplines.

RIPS contributes to the structural transformation of Africa through enhancing the human resources needed for the development of innovative approaches in addressing the nexus of factors and interrelations between population, health, natural resources, migration and urbanization among others, in ensuring the general well-being of its people. RIPS’ research, teaching and extension work relates to all the Sustainable Development Goals and the AU’s Agenda 2063, which defines Ghana’s developmental aspirations. RIPS has a vibrant history of research collaborations with sister institutions across the world, and funded by major research foundations. RIPS is contributing immensely to the production of knowledge, refinement of policies and generation of simple solutions to everyday problems of the continent of Africa and the world.

You are welcome to explore our website and do not hesitate to contact us for any further information that you may need.

Prof. Joseph Awetori Yaro