The Great College is the center of Collegium . It is where all cultural things happen. It also is where most aspiring artificer's or politicians go if they want to have a nice job in the Lowlands . It is also where a lot of friendships start and prosper. In the Shadows of The Apt series you see this happen multiple times. It is very important to understand this organization to understand not only the Beetles but all of the Lowlands.