The University of Kansas has held a tradition of excellence for over a century. KU began sharing that tradition to Greater Kansas City in the 1970s by providing courses to working professionals. In 1993 KU opened its Edwards Campus, leaving a permanent presence to providing growth and education to Kansas City's community. In the last 21 years, the KU Edwards Campus has contributed more than $500 million to the Johnson County economy. In 2008, the KU Edwards Campus became proud partners in the Johnson County Education Research Triangle.