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 alive in a flooded world. 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.