The Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera (CICO) at Binghamton University is a nonprofit organization jointly formed by Binghamton University and the National Academy of Chinese Theater Arts (NACTA), and is sponsored by the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing, China. As with all Confucius Institutes around the world, CICO supplies tools and support for teaching Chinese language and culture. Furthermore, as a specialized Confucius Institute, it also focuses on promoting Chinese opera and music. In May 2019, Binghamton University signed the Addendum Contract with Confucius Institute Headquarters.
In addition to offering courses on the Binghamton campus, CICO organizes lectures, workshops and various other activities. Binghamton's Confucius Institute has also established the only performance group in the United States to feature Beijing opera, a unique aspect of our Confucius Institute which plays a major role in the promotion of Chinese opera, performing arts and culture on college campuses and in communities nationwide.