Under an international convention, signed by the Lebanese government and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the International Center for Human Sciences was established in 1999. It is an international institution, for social and humanitarian researches, that works under the auspices of the UNESCO, and enjoys full academic freedom, and diplomatic immunity.
The Center aims to study the contemporary human in his relation with nature and society, in addition to a series of questions related to development, dialogue and the culture of peace in the world. And for that, the Center applies a group of specializations and means that fall under the overall title of Humanities and Social Sciences, particularly, sociology, anthropology, history, philosophy, political science, economy, international law, religion sciences and human rights.Y
The Center devotes considerable efforts to clarify:
- The issues raised by Education, Sciences and Technology. - The relation of human being to the environment. - The coexistence among people coming from different cultures, languages and social systems. - The meeting of ancient and modern civilizations. - Peaceful relations among nations. - Peace and security maintaining and promoting, in order to insure the harmonious spiritual and material development among human groups, and to achieve social integration, as well as promote the values of tolerance and justice.
For this purpose, the International Center for Human Sciences works on activating and strengthening the international cooperation in the fields of sciences and culture, and it seeks proven qualified people to do studies and researches that are programmed by the Center, or by both, the Center and UNESCO. It also, collaborates with Lebanese universities and universities in the region, or any specialized scientific centers in the world.
The basic tasks of the Center :
- Establish a documentation and information center, and a specialized library. - Dissemination and promotion of conducted studies and researches, that falls within fields of interest. - Give priority to establish a research networks, and to regulate cooperation among them. - Allocation of research grants for post-doctoral, with obliging the recipient researcher to submit the results of his research to the Center, in order to be published.
The International Center for Human Sciences is located in Byblos city (Lebanon). Byblos is a historical city, listed on the World Heritage List, because it is famous of its ancient ruins, monuments, walls, castles, churches and mosques, that tell a history of civilization, back from its beginnings to the third millennium BC, passing through Phoenician, Hellenistic, Byzantine, Islamic, Crusader, Mamluk and Ottoman periods. Today, Byblos is considered one of the most important historical and touristic places in the eastern Mediterranean.
The Lebanese ministry of culture - General Directorate of Antiquities - has provided a heritage building for the Center to use as an office. The building is located within the old city walls, so that one of its walls is based on the Crusader wall, built back in the beginning of the eleventh century AD.
Currently, the management of the Center is in the phase of developing the Center's halls and supplies in order to serve the civil society, cultural and scientific institutions, especially, those existing in the city of Byblos, and in Lebanon and the region, in general, and to facilitate achieving cultural meetings, scientific and research activities.