SINGAPORE: The National Integration Council (NIC) has supported more than 280 ground up initiatives and engaged more than 160 organisations since 2009.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Ms Grace Fu, shared these figures in Parliament on Thursday.
She was responding to a question by Member of Parliament David Ong on the government's integration efforts, given the large number of permanent residents and foreigners residing, studying and working in Singapore.
Part of NIC's efforts includes supporting universities in helping international students blend into the local environment.
These include orientation programmes and visits to heritage sites.
Ms Fu said: "I encourage other education institutions, especially those with a significant enrolment of international students, such as our foreign system schools, to help their students and staff enhance their understanding of Singapore culture.
"The NIC will continue to encourage its partners to offer a wide sweep of initiatives to better meet the integration needs of the various segments of new immigrants and foreigners in our midst. However this effort alone is not enough. Integration is a two-way process and must occur at all levels of society involving as many new immigrants and locals as possible to be effective and sustainable."