Global Activities Registry

Global Activities Registry

The Global Activities Registry (GAR) is Penn’s central resource for collecting information about the travel plans and activities of faculty, staff and students preparing to journey abroad.

This secured information is used to assist individuals and groups, as needed, with pre-travel preparations. It can also be used to contact travelers in emergencies and identify opportunities for closer collaboration on international research and other projects. All faculty, staff and students with a valid PennKey are authorized and encouraged to use the service.

In this edition of By The Numbers, we fly around the world with the Global Activities Registry (


Group and individual trips registered in GAR during the 2010-2011 academic year.


Number of airlines used by GAR registrants since the online tool was developed.


Countries visited by GAR registrants since the program’s inception.


Cities visited by GAR registrants since the service was launched.


Number of Penn students, faculty and staff in Japan on March 11 when the country was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami.


Hours it took to confirm that all members of the Penn community in Japan were safe. GAR was used to determine who was in the country, what schools they were affiliated with, flight arrangements and emergency contacts.


Times per day that information is refreshed for the GAR Data Warehouse Collection—every five minutes.


Number of GAR-registered travelers who trekked to the United Kingdom over the past year. The UK has been the most visited country since GAR was established.

Originally published on December 15, 2011