A while after his graduation, Bossman applied for a job in the Ghana programme of Tropenbos International, a Dutch, international forestry organisation. "I started as a Communication Officer for the organisation. This is where insights from the MSc programme Development and Rural Innovation came in use."
"My job partly requires me to write on forestry issues, zooming in on the livelihoods of forest-dependent, local communities. This is not too difficult for me to do, since the principles Development and Rural Innovation taught me are still etched in my memory and come in handy anytime. I know how to manage and present information in such a way that it may lead to social change."
"Originally, I am trained as a natural resource manager. In time though, I became aware that a reversal of the current trend of environmental degradation also highly depends on society. Hence, my career interest shifted somewhat to social issues. While I did not want to forfeit my technical competences altogether, I desired to enrol in a Master programme that weaves social science perspectives into the fabric of my original discipline. I was convinced that this can lead to innovative applications. The MSc programme Development and Rural Innovation turned out to be satisfying this quest.
I loved what I was learning. Though loaded with many reading materials, the programme successfully instilled in me the right calibre of principles that were required to bring about social change. After a few academic periods, I got used to the terrain. I realized I could organize myself well enough to make time for extracurricular activities, and decided to join the Wageningen Student Organisation Board. My duties on the board included serving as the Education Programmes Coordinator and Editor-in-chief for the WSO's magazine.
I believe this MSc programme is the pride of Wageningen University, especially at this time when one is becoming increasingly certain that the best way to tackle most of the global problems related to food insecurity and climate change is to adopt the beta-gamma approach."