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Stephen C. Dunnett, Chair

Professor and Vice Provost for International Education Emeritus
University at Buffalo

Stephen C. Dunnett served as Vice Provost for International Education at the State University of New York at Buffalo from 1989-2018 and professor of Foreign Language Education in the Graduate School of Education. He is also the founder and director of UB’s English Language Institute and a member of the UB faculty from 1971-2018.

As Vice Provost for International Education, Dr. Dunnett was the chief university officer responsible for all international programs and activities at UB, which include overseas instructional centers in India, Japan, Taiwan and Singapore; sponsored international development activities in the training and research areas; study abroad and exchange programs; international student and scholar services for 5,000 international students and 500 visiting foreign scholars; international recruitment and admissions; immigration services for non-resident alien staff; international alumni; international publications; and the internationalization of the university curricula.

Professor Dunnett has been active in the development of cooperative education training programs between UB and overseas institutions of higher education. In 1980, he established a UB center in Beijing, China in cooperation with the Beijing Municipal System of Higher Education, the first American university center in the People’s Republic of China. In 1986, he established a UB branch campus with the MARA Institute of Technology in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, funded by the government of Malaysia. Other UB overseas centers were later established in Dalian, China, in Taipei, in Jakarta, Indonesia, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and in Riga, Latvia.

His research and publications concern the relationship between language and culture, in particular, the problems of Asian language speakers in the acquisition of English and factors affecting the adaptation of international students to life and study in the United States. Professor Dunnett is also interested in comparative education with particular reference to the Asian and American systems of higher education. In 1984/85, he was a Fulbright researcher at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan; and in 1999, he was a Visiting Professor at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

In 1991, Dr. Dunnett was appointed Honorary Professor in the College of Foreign Languages of Capital Normal University in Beijing, China. He is also a holder of the 1996 Merentibus Medal for Distinguished Service from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. In 1997 he received the Amicus Poloniae Award from the government of the Republic of Poland. In 2001, he received an honorary doctorate from Riga Technical University in Riga, Latvia for his work in developing the Riga Business School. In 2002, he received an honorary doctorate from the Mongolian Academy of Management for his contributions to the government of Mongolia’s higher education development. In 2007 he received the University at Buffalo President’s Medal for outstanding service to the University.