Washington, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 6-K

                        REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER

                      PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16 OF
                       THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

                   Report on Form 6-K dated February 25, 2003

                           Commission File No. 0-28578

                             DASSAULT SYSTEMES S.A.
                              (Name of Registrant)

         9, Quai Marcel Dassault, B.P. 310, 92156 Suresnes Cedex, France
                    (Address of Principal Executive Offices)

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Dassault Systemes S.A. (the "Company") is furnishing under cover of Form 6-K, a
press release dated February 25, 2003, announcing an educational partnership
with the University of Durham (England) and Oregon State University (U.S.A) for
the development of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) awareness.

                   Dassault Systemes Teams with the University
                      of Durham and Oregon State University
                            on PLM Awareness Project

                 Universities' joint digital enterprise research
                     laboratory to promote PLM understanding
                        with Dassault Systemes technology

Paris, France - February, 25 2003 - Dassault Systemes (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext
Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) today announced an educational partnership with the
University of Durham (England) and Oregon State University (U.S.A) for the
development of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) awareness.

Under the terms of the agreement, Dassault Systemes will provide the
universities with SMARTEAM(R), as well as additional CATIA(R) and DELMIA(TM)
products. In turn, the universities will promote PLM awareness, include
PLM-related courses within their curricula, and develop new software

The development of PLM awareness will be driven through the universities' joint
Global Digital Enterprise Research Laboratory (GDERL). Present on both campuses,
the GDERL focuses on the development of Digital Enterprise Technology research
and education. This focus embraces Dassault Systemes' products and vision of
PLM. The GDERL currently uses DELMIA and CATIA V5.

"The University of Durham and Oregon State University are highly-respected
institutions with close ties to industry in the U.K. and U.S.A.," said Paul
Maropoulos, Professor of Design and Manufacturing, University of Durham.
"Product Lifecycle Management is vitally important in today's rapidly changing
business environment. Access to Dassault Systemes' latest technology will give
staff and researchers at GDERL exciting opportunities to establish leading edge
research collaboration with industry in both countries and with Dassault

"The GDERL's reputation as an international center for advanced research and
higher learning will be strengthened by our partnership with Dassault Systemes,"
said Bill Reiter, Boeing Professor Design/Manufacturing, Oregon State
University. "Our students will be exposed to cutting-edge PLM solutions that
will help them in their research and design activities, not to mention prepare
them for their careers in the workplace."

"This agreement will have the twofold benefit of increasing awareness about PLM
on both sides of the Atlantic," said Francis Bernard, Executive Committee
Advisor and Member of the Board, Dassault Systemes. "In addition, promoting the
Digital Enterprise by providing strategic technologies to academic institutions
is a major focus of our ongoing efforts. This partnership will help to leverage
the power of our joint knowledge, expertise and innovation to enhance the
competitiveness of local industry."


About Dassault Systemes
As world leader in PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) solutions, the Dassault
Systemes group brings value to more than 55,000 customers in 80 countries. A
pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systemes develops and
markets PLM application software and services that

support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire life cycle of
products from conception to retirement. Its offering includes integrated PLM
solutions for product development (CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA, SMARTEAM), general-use
3D solutions (SolidWorks), and 3D components (SPATIAL). Dassault Systemes is
listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) stock
exchanges. For more information, visit

About the University of Durham
Founded in 1832, Durham is the third oldest university in England. Durham is one
of the UK's principal research-led universities with an associated strong record
in teaching and knowledge-transfer activity with business and professional
sectors. It is a leading developer of Digital Enterprise Technology methods
which harness computing power to investigate and resolve a wide range of
manufacturing, production and management issues. Other key disciplines include
mathematics, chemistry, physics, biological and biomedical sciences, geography,
history, law and languages. The University has more than 10,000 undergraduates
and 2,500 postgraduates, drawn from 112 countries. Durham was the first English
University to offer a course in Engineering in 1837 and the present degree is a
four year Master in Engineering (MEng) programme. In the 2001 Research
Assessment Exercise carried out by the UK Government, the School of Engineering
was rated as a Grade 5 Department (on a scale of 1 to 5). For more information

About Oregon State University
Oregon State University (OSU) provides diverse educational opportunities through
the undergraduate and graduate programs of its 12 colleges, including the
College of Engineering, the largest college on campus. Academic choices include
studies in scientific, technological, professional and liberal arts fields, with
an emphasis on collaborative, interdisciplinary teaching and research. A
land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant university with beginnings in the 1850's,
OSU is now home to approximately 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students
representing more than 80 countries. The OSU College of Engineering has
graduated more than 25,000 engineers and is rapidly becoming one of the top-25
in the U.S. For more information, visit

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         Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

                                              DASSAULT SYSTEMES S.A.

         Date: February 25, 2003              By:     /s/ Thibault de Tersant
                                              Name:   Thibault de Tersant
                                              Title:  Chief Financial Officer,
                                                      Executive Vice President