08 January 2018 Photo Stephen Collett
Meet our Council Anchen Laubscher – a passion to make a difference
Dr Anchen Laubscher.

Dr Anchen Laubscher was born and bred in Bloemfontein, where she completed her schooling at Jim Fouché High School before starting her MB ChB degree at the university in 1999.

First female SRC President at UFS

Her demanding studies didn’t prevent Anchen from enjoying her student life to the fullest. She represented the UFS in swimming, played hockey at residence level, was Prime of Marjolein, and served on the Student Representative Council during her fourth and fifth year – first as SRC Academic and then as the first female SRC President at the UFS.

Anchen describes herself as a humanist who has always been passionate about making a difference at policy level. Therefore, she intentionally chose to study medicine in order to affect healthcare in South Africa at a strategic and management level.

Privilege to serve on UFS Council

She was appointed to the UFS Council in September 2016 and regards it a privilege to serve the UFS in this way.

Her desire to make a real difference in South Africa is also reflected in how she views her role on the UFS Council.


Prosperity largely depends on
an institution’s ability
to be innovative.

Dr Anchen Laubscher

"I am a great admirer of the economist Michael Porter, who believes that prosperity largely depends on an institution’s ability to be innovative. It relates to my own passion to be really involved with an institution that assists in forming so many lives. In this way I can contribute to the development of our country and its people."

Anchen is currently Medical Director for the Netcare Group. She is busy with her MBA and is married to Francois Retief, a final-year student in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of the Witwatersrand.

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