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The Institute for the History of Ancient Civilizations (IHAC)

The Institute for the History of Ancient Civilizations (IHAC) is a research institute on ancient history, ancient languages, and archaeology at the Northeast Normal University, Changchun, Jilin Province, People’s Republic of China. Founded in 1984 by the Chinese professors Lin Zhichun (Northeast Normal University) in cooperation with Zhou Gucheng (Fudan University), and Wu Yujin (Wuhan University), the IHAC was the first Chinese institute to establish chairs and academic research positions for Assyriology, Egyptology, Hittitology and (Western) Classics.

The inspiring academic atmosphere is due to unique combination of mainly Chinese faculty staff, highly motivated students and annually renewable research and teaching positions for foreign visiting professors (see list of former foreign experts). Besides long-term visiting professors, the IHAC regularly invites scholars around the world to give lectures and do research in the up-to-date library. Since 1986, the IHAC publishes the Journal of Ancient Civilizations (JAC) which became a double blind peer-reviewed journal in 2016.