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More than 500 people are expected Monday at a 25th-anniversary reception for the University at Buffalo's English Language Institute -- considered one of the most distinguished in the world.

Stephen C. Dunnett, UB vice provost for international education and director of the institute, will be host of the event, to be held from 7 to 10 p.m. in the UB Center for the Arts on the North Campus.

The gala will feature music by the Outer Circle Orchestra. It also will celebrate the sesquicentennial of the university and will be held in conjunction with the annual regional conference of the Association of International Educators.

Helen Stevens, director of UB's International Student and Scholar Services, is chairwoman.

Founded in 1971, the UB English Language Institute was one of the first in the nation. Since that time, it has trained more than 18,000 students from most nations around the world.

Originally, it was an institute offering English training and orientation to foreign students preparing for university study, but many of its graduates have since earned advanced degrees from UB and other American universities.

Over the years, the institute established overseas branches in Beijing and Dalian, China; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Taipei, Taiwan; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Riga, Latvia; and Tuzla, Bosnia.

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