UPIK Administrative Staff

Bernard Ongodia

gggggggggggggggggggggggggggBernard Ongodia was appointed the Principal of Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba in March 2017. Before this  appointment, Bernard worked in the Petroleum Exploration, Development and Production Department (PEPD) under the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) starting as a Geophysicist in 2002; and was promoted a Senior Geophysicist in 2008, and later the Ag. Principal Geophysicist in 2017. He was also the Head of the National Content Unit in Directorate of Petroleum, Project Coordinator-Skills for Oil and Gas (SOGA) Project. Bernard is currently a Member of the Governing Council, Uganda Technical College-Elgon. 

Bernard holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc.) majoring in Physics from Makerere University, Kampala (1996), Master of Science Degree in Exploration Geophysics from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom (2005) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Oil and Gas Management from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, United Kingdom (2015).  He also holds various diplomas and certificates in the fields of; Management, Electrical Engineering, Environment and Petroleum Geoscience obtained from the various reputable institutions in the world.

Bernard is now tasked with the responsibility of transforming Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba to a center of excellence for petroleum studies. This role is not only a great responsibility but also a grand opportunity for him to demonstrate his knowledge and capability.

ISUJulius Bataamye


Many thanks to H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni the President of the Republic of Uganda for the wise idea of establishing Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba, similar regards are extended to the Parliament of Uganda for their approval of the establishment of this Institution.

Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba still enjoys its traditional status of being the best professional training Institution in Oil and Gas and Centre of excellence in East Africa.

Once you achieve a diploma in Petroleum Engineering from UPIK, then you will have reached a new plateau of personal and professional development because UPIK trains employable and entrepreneurial Petroleum Engineers.

UPIK has the potential to go to heights and I am convinced that it can realize its full potential to successfully trigger national and international transformation through Oil and Gas.

I take cognism to the Government of Uganda, particularly the Ministries of Education, Energy and Finance for the brotherly sacrifice of time and resources to move UPIK Agenda forward.

As the Institute Secretary, I am in-charge of the Administrative function of the Institute.

Finally, it is gratifying to observe that UPIK is partnering with the World Bank and the other Institutions.

Service with Excellence and Success after struggle

AR3Bagaya James

IVQ Dip.T&A(City & Guilds),South Africa, PGDTE (KYU), Cert. Admn. Law (LDC), M.A.Educ.Mgt (MUK), Cert. IT (IICD-KYU), BED (KYU), Dip.Educ (ITEK), Cert. PTE (KYU).


In 2009 when H.E the President of the Republic of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni took a wise decision to start a petroleum Institute, very few Ugandans including the local population would imagine the magnitude of urgency that the country needed to train the work force for the oil and gas sector.

Today, Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba is on the worldwide web (www) as a Centre of Excellence (CoE) in oil and gas (O & G) training in the country. The humble beginning of this great institution has restored hope for local content as far as the work force is concerned. Because of its uniqueness in nature, the institute has attracted all kinds of good will, locally, nationally and internationally. The Institute boasts of the well-equipped workshops and well qualified instructors that has promoted Competence Based Training (CBT). The curriculum is quite diverse that it produces all-round technicians beyond the oil and gas industry. Please, enjoy the navigation.

Bagaya James is the first Academic Registrar of Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba, he is a professional teacher, an educational administrator and manager. James has held different leadership positions in educational institutions up to universities, he has also taught mathematics for the last 20 years, and he recently retired as a senior examiner at Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) and Kyambogo University (KYU). He studied Administrative Law, Information Technology and obtained International Vocational Qualification(IVQ) at post graduate level despite the numerous short courses attended throughout his 20-year working experience. James has also gained vast exposure in oil and gas training via local and international collaborations and excursions. He is known for his strong advocacy for vocational education and training in Uganda.