The University of Oxford is called Oxford University in short.
So is the University of Tokyo.

Tokyo is the name of a place (the capital of Japan). Oxford is the name of a place, too.

Somebody has once told me that a university's name in the form of "the University of (place)" can be called "(Place) University" in short.

If this is true, the University of California can be called the California University."

I wonder if this theory is acceptable.
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Hi,

The University of Oxford is called Oxford University in short.
So is the University of Tokyo.

Tokyo is the name of a place (the capital of Japan). Oxford is the name of a place, too.

Somebody has once told me that a university's name in the form of "the University of (place)" can be called "(Place) University" in short.

It often can, but its use tends to be idiomatic. In other words, we refer to some universities that way and not others.

If this is true, the University of California can be called the California University." I've never heard or read that.

Note alos that some universities are so well-known they are often simply referred to by one word, eg Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard.

I wonder if this theory is acceptable.

Best wishes, Clive
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SnappyI wonder if this theory is acceptable.
No. Universities are known by their full official name. People in the middle part of the U.S., for example, know that Indiana has a university with the name "Indiana University", and Michigan has one with the name "University of Michigan". People in the know do not say "University of Indiana" nor "Michigan University"; as far as they are concerned, these universities do not exist.

It is even possible for there to be two different institutions with the names "University of X" and "X University". Note the following information, which you can verify on the internet.

The University of Miami is a private research university with more than 15000 students located in Coral Gables, Florida.

Miami University is a public university of 16000 students located in Oxford, Ohio.


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