Acumen Case Center
The Acumen Case Center (ACC) offers programs and contents that address the transmission-heavy, rote- based model of education prevalent in many classrooms in Asia. The programs and contents are targeted towards government officials, policymakers, professors, teachers, and administrators, who are looking for novel and proven contents to the science of teaching, seeking to raise their teaching capacities, and create a culture for entrepreneurial and innovative teaching practices.
ACC focuses firstly, on promoting two methods of teaching and learning: the Case Method widely employed at Harvard University, and the Harkness Method used by numerous renowned secondary schools across the US. The Pedagogy Training Program is aimed at supplementing institutional efforts to prepare individuals for the needs of a creative knowledge economy as well as prepare decision makers to formulate better education policies.
In November 2016, ACC set up its Creativity & Breakthrough Initiative to develop a comprehensive collection of teaching materials, cases, and exercises on compelling topics coming from Asia on a wide range of issues from corporate, non-profit, community development, and ethics. The goal is to provide a high quality set of innovative teaching materials to assist in unlocking individual and team’s creative potential, to structure team roles to maximize potential, to communicate and advocate for change persuasively, and to create a positive and supportive team culture. For individuals, they will experience an enhancement in developing a higher-order thought process. For teams, they will see how building high impact teams affect their performances and outcomes.
Acumen Publishing falls under the Publication initiative, and functions as a platform to formulate groundbreaking ideas, offer strong guiding expertise, disseminate insightful analyses, as well as offer coaching to a diverse range of audiences in Asia and beyond. It covers (a) general publications including books and reflection pieces; (b) content development in which we develop and offer course books and other contents for learning and teaching both online and offline; (c) alumni management which serves as a platform for our alumni to receive updates, contents and training for continuous growth and development; and finally, (d) video production which includes documentaries and video-based lectures.