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MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee works a hacksaw at an applied engineering laboratory at Moi University in Kenya as students watch. (MTSU photo by Andrew Oppmann)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University has signed a five-year agreement with Moi University of Kenya for collaboration between their aerospace departments on teaching, research and student exchanges.

MTSU President Sidney McPhee and Moi CEO Isaac Kosgey signed the agreement in Kenya on Monday.

According to a news release from MTSU, McPhee told the Moi faculty senate that the airline industry is growing rapidly. McPhee said demand for pilots is so high that their instructors are being hired away.

Moi's aerospace school was established in 2009. It has about 210 students enrolled and has three training aircraft. MTSU's aerospace department was established in 1943. It has about 700 students enrolled and will fly about 30 training aircraft by the fall.

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