Currently I need to revamp a university website. The problem is some of the links actually go to different microsites (within the same domain) that have different layout. The only way to link back to main site is by clicking the logo which will bring to homepage.
Above is the sample of the current navigation. Those with purple underline will open a new tab of microsite.
How should I display them better? For faculties, I am planning to separate them from the main navigation, like below:
This way, it doesn't disturb the whole experience. However, I still find it weird that admission linked to a microsite with different layout. Is there any way to avoid this? Or is it actually okay to have some links in top menu that open up a new tab?