Institutions of education, they’re private schools for Sundered-handling. Harry is a perfect product of one: he learned how to handle himself on the black water, how to claim and keep Powerful but broken creatures, enslaved to keep mankind aliv... More, and how to handle finances across the various cities.
They were designed by Harry Iskinder’s ancestor, whom SOME consider a hero. More. The purpose of the Academies was to ensure only what knowledge was best for the survival of humankind would continue.