SEOUL, July 11 (UPI) — South Korea’s Education Ministry has found Korean Air President Cho Won-tae’s transfer to Inha University did not meet credit requirements and invalidated his undergraduate degree.
A ministry investigation discovered Inha University illicitly permitted Cho’s transfer from a two-year college in the United States in 1998 despite a shortage of his credits to fulfill requirements.
The investigation was part of a government-wide probe into misconduct by Korean Air’s owner family, sparked by accusations of assault and abuse by the wife and daughters of Chairman Cho Yang-ho.
“Cho didn’t meet the credit requirements for the transfer in the junior year, but the school allowed it,” said a ministry official, according to News 1.
Inha University is run by a foundation established by the Cho family’s Hanjin Group.
The ministry also ordered the chairman to step down.
Inha University called the education ministry’s request “unfair,” in a statement Wednesday.
“Such decision can only be made when the chairman causes a significant damage to the school or made a wrongful intervention in school management,” the university said.