Prestigious Award for Prof. Simonić

Professor Ante Simonić, M.D., Ph.D., professor emeritus at the University of Rijeka Faculty of Medicine, former Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, former Croatian Ambassador to the People's Republic of China and President of the Croatian-Chinese Friendship Society, is the first Croatian to receive the prestigious Chinese Government Friendship Award.

In light of the 68th independence day of the People's Republic of China, the Chinese Prime Minister held the Chinese Government's Friendship Award ceremony for 2017. The ceremony was held at the National Hall, followed by a National Banquet attended by the Chinese President Xi Jinping, Prime Minister Li Keqian, Deputy Prime Minister Ma Kai, and other senior Chinese government officials.

Professor Dr. Ante Simonić, M.D., Ph.D., is the first Croatian to ever win this most prestigious award granted to foreigners by the Chinese Government. This award represents an important moment in the history of China-Croatia relations and strengthens the friendship between the two peoples and its respective nations.

Professor Simonić made great contributions to the Chinese people in the fields of education, medicine, culture, sports, alongside humanitarian activities, and continues in his efforts to establish a connection between not only China and Croatia, but also Europe. This is Professor Simonić’s award, but it is also the award of all Croatian people who have supported his endeavours throughout the years.

On this important occasion, the University of Rijeka extends sincere congratulations to professor emeritus Ante Simonić, M.D., Ph.D., on receiving this notable award. 


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