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  • Professor Joseph Awetori Yaro - Director of Regional Institute for Population Studies
  • Prof. Samuel Codjoe presentation at Georgetown University
  • Front View of Regional Institute for Population Studies
  • Heather Cameron, Canadaian High Commissioner to Ghana and Prof. Samuel Codjoe, Former Director of Regional Institute for Population Studies


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 will 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.