Inha told to cancel KAL chief’s degree

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Inha told to cancel KAL chief’s degree

The Ministry of Education has concluded that the son of Korean Air Chairman Cho Yang-ho gained illicit admission to a local university, and has demanded the school cancel his admission and graduation, officials said Wednesday.

Cho Won-tae, president of the national flag carrier, was suspected of transferring to Inha University in Incheon, west of Seoul, in 1998 from a two-year college course in the United States, even though he didn’t meet the credit requirement for such a transfer.


Cho Won-tae

The school is run by a foundation established by the family’s Hanjin Group.

The ministry looked into the case and confirmed the suspicions, officials said.

Moreover, the officials said the investigation also found that Cho graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the school even though he didn’t fulfill the requirement to complete at least 140 credit hours.

The suspicions were investigated 20 years ago, and the education ministry at the time determined that irregularities were involved in Cho’s admission.

The ministry demanded disciplinary action then against school officials involved in the admission but didn’t go as far as to cancel Cho’s admission.

The latest case has added to the woes of the Cho family.

They have been under public scrutiny following revelations that the family, including the wife and two daughters of the Korean Air chairman, bullied company employees and others under their influence.

Ministry officials also found a series of irregularities in the operation of the school foundation, such as awarding contracts without bidding, and the ministry is expected to refer the chairman and his wife to the prosecution for investigation.

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