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Dr. Jenny H. Panchal

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Dr. Jenny H. Panchal

Senior Lecturer Business


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD in Tourism), James Cook University, Australia (Recipient, Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) Scholarship by AusAID), 2008 – 2012
  • Master of Tourism Management (MTM), Victoria University of Wellington (Recipient, International Postgraduate Scholarship by NZAID), 2003-2005
  • Bachelor of Tourism, University of Baguio, 1997-2001
  • Certificate in Japanese Language & Arts (Exchange Scholar), Nagasaki Wesleyan University, 1999-2000

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Jenny Panchal obtained her PhD in Tourism from James Cook University in Townsville under the supervision of Tourism Foundation Professor Philip Pearce and Associate Professor Laurie Murphy. Her doctorate thesis focused on tourist spa experiences in Asia. More specifically, she examined tourist spa-goers’ motivations, flow experiences and perceived benefits of visiting spas while on holiday. While on her PhD candidature, Jenny started teaching tourism subjects in the undergraduate level in Townsville. In early 2013, she moved to JCU Singapore where she now teaches tourism in both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and supervises higher degree research students.

Jenny has worked with many students in enriching student life on JCU Singapore campus. She founded JCU’s Tourism, Hospitality, Events & Sports Students’ (THESS) Club, and established the JCU Pride of Place (POP) Series which features various countries and cultures. The POP Series events in particular are designed to encourage JCU students and staff to foster global citizenship, embrace diversity, and emphasise on JCU's tropical agenda while creating authentic learning experiences.

Jenny is actively involved in the ASEAN Tourism Research Association (ATRA) where she is currently the Deputy Secretary General.