In his speech at the FUA First National Congress, FUA President Osvaldo Loudet affirmed that "universities cannot just produce doctors, lawyers, and engineers: they must also produce men.
Thinkers and Fighters: The FUA and the Seizure of the UNC
The FUA coordinated the reformist efforts on a national scale, organized national meetings and congresses, supported the different local federations when necessary, and became the official national student spokesperson.
The FUA served students to "get to know each other, communicate, and understand one another.
The FUA allowed reformists to differentiate themselves not only from the faculty, but also from non-reformist students.
The FUA held its First National Congress in Cordoba in July 1918 with delegations of students from Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, Tucuman, La Plata, and Cordoba.
During the FUA congress, students acted like thoughtful young men who devoted themselves to intellectual work.
However, FUA students also needed social recognition and legitimization, which they could only achieve by "presenting" the Congress to a larger group of spectators.
During the FUA Congress, reformists recognized that it was a privilege to have access to a university education.