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China's highest award goes to wireless expert


5 October 2014

Professor Branka Vucetic was awarded China's highest honour - the Chinese Government Friendship Award
Professor Branka Vucetic was awarded China's highest honour - the Chinese Government Friendship Award


A wireless communication expert at the University of Sydney, Professor Branka Vucetic has been awarded one of China's top honours - the Chinese Government Friendship Award.

Professor Vucetic was presented with her citation at a ceremony held in the Great Hall of the People, Tiananmen Square, Beijing this week.

The People's Republic of China's Vice-Premier Ma Kai, presented Professor Vucetic with her award saying:

"The Certificate of Friendship is awarded to Ms Branka Vucetic in appreciation of her enthusiastic support for China's construction and her friendly co-operation".

The Chinese Government Friendship Award is given by the central government for continuous and sustained cooperation in education, science, technology, management, sports and culture.

In Professor Vucetic's case it was given for her long-term cooperation with Chinese tertiary institutions and her contribution to furthering education, science and technology in China.

Vice-Premier Ma Kai said -

"The People's Republic of China will soon celebrate its 65th birthday. As the whole country is celebrating the occasion, we are here to hold this grand presentation ceremony, conferring the Friendship Award issued by the Chinese government to 100 foreign experts from 25 countries. It is the highest award issued by the Chinese government to honour foreign experts in China."

Professor Branka Vucetic with SAFEA Deputy administrator Liu Yanguo at award's ceremony
Professor Branka Vucetic with SAFEA Deputy administrator Liu Yanguo at award's ceremony

Professor Vucetic is Director of the Telecommunications Laboratory in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies where she applies her internationally recognised expertise in coding theory to wireless engineering.

Her research interests include digital communication theory, error control coding and multi-user detection. Her current projects include Interference Cancellation in Co-Working Wireless Local Area Networks, Network Coding and Wireless Sensor Networks for Environment and Energy Monitoring.


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