The vision of the OAD aligns very strongly with that of ICTP in terms of stimulating high quality education in developing regions. Recognising astronomy as a “gateway science” and a means to excite young minds and stimulate a general interest in all areas of science, technology and innovation, the OAD and ICTP are working together to realise common goals. The focus is on university level education, which is one of three areas of interest for the OAD, the other two being school level education and the public understanding of science. However, the supported activities straddle all three of these areas, especially in least developed regions.
A suite of grants available for activities relating to this programme can be found on the ICTP website, at http://oea.ictp.it/oea/programmes/oad/