Gaston Berger University of Saint-Louis is the second largest public University in Senegal. Officially created by law n°90-03 of January 2, 1990, it is located 13 kilometres from the city of Saint Louis, in the Senegal River basin, on the Mauritanian border. The University has a major research focus and interdisciplinary training. It has set itself the objective of providing high-level and quality education by placing excellence at the heart of its programme. Its training and research unit in legal and political sciences, particularly in its public law section where the NELGA AOF node is housed, is one of the pioneers in Francophone West Africa on land tenure training and research.

Through the NELGA concept, the UGB has set up a centre of excellence in land governance for francophone West Africa.