Centre on Culture, History, and Humanities for Sustainable Development (CCHH)

CCHH is established as a part of the Nahrein Network, a collaborative project between UKH, University College London (UCL), and University of Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum. Based in UKH CCHH aims to foster sustainable development of antiquity, cultural heritage and humanities in Iraq, Kurdistan Region, and neighboring countries.


  1. To better understand the current situation; develop a fuller historical understanding of the current exclusion of Iraqi and Kurdish experts and audiences from the production and consumption of knowledge about local antiquity.
  2. To raise the profile of local expertise; support Iraqi and Kurdish academics in re-engaging with regional and global academic communities, as producers of research for international consumption.
  3. To improve the job prospects of the region's youth; improve employability and leadership potential for humanities graduates from Iraqi and Kurdistan universities.
  4. To help heritage organizations better serve local needs; enable Iraq and Kurdistan’s museums, archives and cultural heritage sites to contribute to local tourism and knowledge economies.
  5. To help post-conflict healing and reconciliation; promote our ancient history as a 'safe' space for public debate around sensitive social and political matters of current concern.