The philosophy of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education is thus anchored on the desire to build an institution that shall be the flagship for the training of teachers at the university level for Rivers State and for Nigeria in general. The professional instructional activities at the university shall be anchored on the pursuit of excellence in the academic programme offerings of the university.
The philosophy of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education is then also anchored on the design and implementation of research programmes that shall enhance, upgrade and add value to education and the teaching profession. Given that the needs of society are multifaceted, the philosophy of the university is also to provide teaching and research in selected disciplines that shall make the university contribute most meaningfully to the holistic growth and development of Rivers State. As predetermined by the contributions of the former College of Education, Port Harcourt, the philosophy of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education is also anchored on the universal principles of justice, equity, fairness and freedom that knowledge and education provides for mankind. The main ethos of the university, therefore, is the search for knowledge and its importation through teaching, research and community service, thereby creating an institution that is not just merely well recognised for its academic achievements, but that is also a partner with Government and the private sector for the rapid socio-economic transformation of Nigeria.