Magdalena Kapelko

Please, can you tell us your position and the institution where you are working now?

Currently, I am Assistant Professor at Wroclaw University of Economics, Poland. I am affiliated with Institute of Applied Mathematics, Department of Logistics. When did you enroll in the iDEM program?

I enrolled to the program in 2003.

Why did you choose this program?

After completing my Master in Poland and doing Erasmus in my last year of Master, I was very motivated to develop my career abroad. Because of kind of family tradition, I chose to develop it at university. 

At my enrollment to the program, it was run in collaboration with Växjö University in Sweden. So another reason for choosing a program was to have a chance for studying in two very different countries, Spain and Sweden, and at two different universities, one with more quantitative approach (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) and one of more qualitative (Växjö University). 

Can you tell us the focus of your dissertation? (very briefly!)

My dissertation focuses on the assessment of efficiency and productivity of textile and clothing industry worldwide.  It also looks at the factors contributing to efficiency outcomes, focusing on the role that intangible assets play in efficiency.    

What is the importance of the program in your academic career?

The program allowed me to develop my career at university, first at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in Spain and currently back to my home country and my home town at Wroclaw University of Economics in Poland.

Which are the motives that you would consider for advising someone to enroll the program?

First of all, completing the program and obtaining PhD, opens up career opportunities at recognized academic and nonacademic institutions not only in Spain, but all over the world. Personally, I think it is very good to have PhD from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in your CV.

The program also gives the unique opportunities of studying entrepreneurship and having lectures with world recognized researchers in this field. At the same time, however, you also study other subjects and meet leading researchers, for example, in efficiency and productivity analysis. So at the final stage you can conduct your PhD in other fields of research, as it was in my case.     

Lastly, but not least, besides the academic strength of the program, there are also nonacademic advantages. The program is characterized by international atmosphere. You meet people from different countries, different background, with different multicultural insights on the issues, making life-time friends and connections all over the world. That truly enriches us as human beings. It is also impossible not to mention Barcelona which without any doubt is the nicest city to conduct your PhD.