What is it?

The exostructure concept is about building an “”exoskeleton”” of services that support the institution from the outside rather than from the inside. An exostructure strategy implies the careful selection of this immediate external cloud of services, while further trying to integrate them by encouraging and utilising open standards for their interconnection.

Why is it important?

New technology and services are arriving at an ever increasing rate. As the education and research ecosystems expand it becomes more and more complex to interconnect those services and sustain a seamless user experience.

What to do next?

Crucial to this trend is the ongoing development and governance over an exostructure strategy. We should ensure that the differentiating tools are not only made available to staff and students, but are strategically aligned with the University.