The Institute of Population Research,
Peking University (IPRPKU), is a research organization
with teaching and training functions. It has study
programs that trains students leading to the Master's
and the PhD degrees.
Formerly a population research unit created in 1979
in the Department of Economics, IPRPKU was established
with the approval of the Ministry of Education and
began to accept students seeking the Master's degree
in population studies in 1984 and the PhD degree in
1991. By 2004, the Institute has trained 138 students
receiving the Master's degree including 21 foreign
students and 40 students receiving the PhD degree.
In 1992, with financial supports from the United Nations
Population Fund and the World Health Organization
(WHO), the Institute introduced a program that trained
foreign students to obtain the Master degree in population
studies. In Asia, only three countries have similar
The Institute is a sub-unit of the Peking University
Social Sciences Post-Doctoral Mobile System and accepts
post-doctoral fellows to work in the Institute.
In 1991, IPRPKU was named by the World Health Organization
as a WHO Collaborating Center on Reproductive Health
and Population Science.
In 2000, the Institute became the Principal Scientist
Supporting Unit of the China Birth Defects Intervention
In 2002, the Institute became the Principal Scientist
Unit of the China Genetic and Environmental Control
Studies on Birth Defects of the National Basic Research
and Development Project (the "973" Project).
In 2003, the Peking University Institute for Ageing
Study was established in the IPRPKU.