Korean Air Scion Guilty of Nepotism in University Admission

  • By Yang Ji-ho

    July 12, 2018 12:07

    Cho Won-tae

    The Ministry of Education has concluded that Korean Air president Cho Won-tae broke the rules when he transferred to Inha University in 1998 and has told the university to void his degree.

    His father Cho Yang-ho, the Korean Air chief, was on the board of the private university.

    Cho lacked the required grades and credits to transfer to the university from his junior college in the U.S.

    Inha University claims that Cho met the requirements by finishing three quarters of his course at the two-year college in the U.S. and attending one quarter at Inha as an exchange student.

    But the ministry investigation revealed that Inha University only formed an exchange program with that college in 1999, which was after he had already transferred.

    The ministry said it will wait and see if Inha University notifies the University of Southern California, where Cho went on to complete an MBA, when it voids his undergraduate diploma.

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