KAL CEO Yang Ho Cho: "Offering this benefit to our employees is not only a benefit, but a privilege."
The University of Southern California
Viterbi School of Engineering has reached an agreement with Korean Air
to offer a wide range of graduate engineering programs to Korean Air
employees worldwide through the school’s Distance Education Network
“I am thrilled that Korean Air engineers in Asia and other parts of the
world will have an opportunity to earn advanced engineering degrees
through our Internet-based distance learning program,” said Yannis
Yortsos, dean of the Viterbi School. “USC’s strategic plan calls
for expanding the university’s global reach and this is in keeping with
Korean Air, which last year became the world’s largest commercial air
cargo operation, is a global airline with more than 15,000 employees
and one of the industry’s youngest fleets. It is also Korea’s
“USC is one of the top engineering colleges in the world, and offering
this opportunity to our employees is not only a benefit, but a
privilege,” said Yang Ho Cho, Chairman and CEO of Korean Air. “This
fits perfectly into our corporate theme of Innovate Excellence that
calls for an employee culture fueled by innovation. Our employees
will be able to apply knowledge from USC’s leading research and
technology into an energized workplace.”
The Korean Air students will be able to enroll in any of the 28
fully-accredited Master of Science programs, or six certificate
programs that the Viterbi School currently delivers over the Internet
via streaming media technologies. Students can view course
lectures live as they are given on campus, or archived lectures.
Under the agreement, DEN will provide a full scope of student services
including academic advisement, enrollment, homework processing, exam
proctoring and technology support to Korean Air students.
“Our distance learning system gives working engineers the flexibility
to balance education with jobs and family commitments. They take
the same courses taught by the same faculty as students on
campus. They must meet the same admissions criteria, do the same
homework and pass the same exams as any other USC student,” said Kelly
Goulis, executive director of DEN.
The agreement with Korean Air for international distance education is
DEN's third with a multibillion corporation, following pacts announced
in January with Chevron (CVX) and in April QualComm (QCOM).
About Korean Air
with a fleet of 113 aircraft, is one of the world's top 20 airlines,
and operates almost 400 passenger flights per day to 90 cities in 32
countries. It is a founding member of SkyTeam, the global airlines
alliance - partnering AeroMexico, Air France, Alitalia, CSA Czech
Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, KLM and Northwest
Airlines to provide customers with extensive worldwide destinations,
flights and services. More on Korean Air's programs, routes, frequency
and partners is available at www.koreanair.com.
Established in 1972, the Viterbi School’s Distance Education Network
(DEN) remains a pioneer in the field, utilizing advanced e-learning
technology to provide a seamless experience for students. The USC
Viterbi School is ranked third among private engineering schools and
seventh overall in the current U.S. News & World Report rankings of
graduate engineering programs.