The International Center for Human Sciences was established in 1999 based an international convention signed between the Lebanese government and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The latter established an international institution dedicated to research and dialogue working under the auspices of the UNESCO and enjoying full academic freedom.
The ICHS mission statement makes it primarily a multidisciplinary body devoted to research and documentation, which also contributes to the implementation of UNESCO’s democracy program, by mainly organizing international dialogues on the future of democracy with academics, policy-makers, business leaders and journalists. These dialogues focus on democratic norms, values and principles and their relationship to the key issues of globalization and development. The action of the Center also supports democracy in post-conflict societies by encouraging the promotion of democracy by local actors and through academic cooperation.
Moreover, the Center aims at training researchers and support them through research networks, in the name of the development of social and human sciences worldwide. This is why the Center focuses on studying all matters related to human, in addition to a series of issues related to development, dialogue and the culture of peace in the world. Therefore, the Center’s ambition is to form a multidisciplinary pole of excellence in the areas of sociology, anthropology, history, philosophy, political science, economy, international law, religious sciences and human rights.
Furthermore, the Center devotes considerable efforts in the following topics:
- Education, Sciences and Technology.
- The relation of the human being and the environment.
- The coexistence among peoples coming from different cultures, languages and social systems.
- The study of ancient and modern civilizations.
- Promote Peaceful relations among nations.
- Promote Peace and security among human groups.
- Promote social integration and the values of tolerance and justice.
For this purpose, the International Center for Human Sciences also strongly relies on international cooperation in these fields, next to its team of qualified scholars and experts to produce studies and researches in line with the Center’s objectives as well as the UNESCO’s goals.
The Center primarily collaborates with Lebanese universities and faculties from the Arab region, along with other research centers and think tanks in the world.
Among the objectives of the Center :
- Establish research networks with the Lebanese University and other universities in Lebanon and the Arab Region in order to form a common research and debate space for the students and scholars.
- Support the Lebanese and Arab civil society in the promotion of the culture of knowledge and development.
- Publish, promote and discuss conducted studies and researches that fall within the fields of interest of the Center.
- Create Grant Allocations of research post-doctoral candidates, under the supervision of the Center’s academics.
- Provide the scientific community with a documentation and information center, both within the Center and online.
The International Center for Human Sciences is located in Byblos (Lebanon), a historical city listed on the World Heritage List, and mostly famous for its ancient city with its precious ruins, monuments, walls, castles, churches and mosques. Byblos hence covers the history of civilization, back from its beginnings to the third millennium BC, passing through Phoenician, Hellenistic, Byzantine, Islamic, Crusader, Mameluk and Ottoman periods. Today, Byblos is considered one of the most important historical and touristic places in the eastern Mediterranean.
The Center is thus located in a heritage building generously provided by the Lebanese ministry of culture - General Directorate of Antiquities. The building is located within the old city walls, one of which is actually an ancient wall from the Crusader’s era built in the beginning of the eleventh century AD.