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National Tsing Hua University, AIP-PRIMECA, Dassault Systemes and HP Launch PLM Innovation Center in China.

PARIS -- Project will bring latest PLM technology to Chinese students

Dassault Systemes (DS)(NASDAQ:DASTY)(Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) today announced the official opening of the Product Lifecycle Management Innovation Center (PLMIC) at the prestigious National Tsing Hua University in China, which has more than 8,500 students. A joint project between DS, the university,

AIP-PRIMECA, and Hewlett-Packard Company (HP), the PLMIC will accelerate innovation in the field of PLM in China, giving engineering students the opportunity to study using the very latest PLM applications.

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) revolutionizes the way companies design and develop their industrial products by offering a 3D vision of the entire product lifecycle, from

initial design to maintenance. By teaching PLM to students of all engineering disciplines

at National Tsing Hua, the PLMIC hopes to become a source of innovation, contributing to the growth of Chinese industry and enabling it to take a leading position in R&D as well

as manufacturing.

Li Zheng, Executive Head of the Department of Industrial Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, stated, "The PLMIC will be a center of excellence, giving all our departments access to the very latest PLM technologies available, and consequently increasing the university's recognition."

The center will implement DS's industry-leading PLM V5 software solutions CATIA, ENOVIA, SMARTEAM and DELMIA on workstations sponsored by HP. Delivering cost-effective computational and visualization power, HP workstations were chosen to meet the demands of a highly-productive IT engineering environment.

AIP-PRIMECA, a group of French engineering schools supported by the Ministry of Education, will ensure the students receive a world-class education with complete curricula training in PLM by staffing the center with a Co-Director and visiting professors. "To be successful in design engineering today, we need to be able to exchange information and collaborate with colleagues anywhere in the world," said Professor Daniel Coutellier, Director of the AIP-PRIMECA Network. "This center creates a new international opportunity. It is envisioned the course offering will expand, and may lead to joint French-Chinese diplomas." National Tsing Hua University and AIP-PRIMECA's initial educational cooperation will be on developing four training modules in Integrated Design and Manufacturing in Mechanical Engineering, to be taught by the French professors sent over on exchange.

"Innovation is a real competitive advantage for engineering firms, and it takes place mostly during the design process," commented Francis Bernard, Executive Committee Advisor and Board Member, Dassault Systemes. "Dassault Systemes is proud to be part of an initiative that enhances both young people's education and the future of the Chinese industry."

Jim Zafarana, Vice-President, HP Workstation Division, said, "We are delighted at this opportunity to collaborate with Dassault Systems in setting up the PLM Lab at National Tsing Hua University. With the investment of our leading workstation technology, HP is helping the center develop new, relevant curricula to build a talented, skilled workforce for the engineering industry. This project further underlines the importance and long-term commitment of HP to the Chinese market."

About National Tsing Hua University

National Tsing Hua University was established in 1911 and is located in Hsinchu, south of Taipei. Its graduate school has been recognized nationally, ranking first in the National Evaluation of Graduate Schools.

Currently, the university consists of 44 departments distributed over 11 schools: Sciences, Architecture,

Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Information Science and Technology, Humanities and Social Sciences, Economics and Management, Law, Arts and Design, Public Policy and Management, and Applied Technology. A medical school is currently being established. National Tsing Hua is developing into a comprehensive university at a breathtaking pace. For more information, go to


The AIP-PRIMECA network comprises nine regional poles that provide more than 1 million two thousand hours

of training on their platforms. Its mission is to organize common development projects and various events that promote the exchange of experience and capitalize on knowledge in the areas of Integrated Mechanical Design and Production. It supports research efforts and the evolution of training in these domains. Respecting the policies of the partner establishments, the AIP-PRIMECA poles organize initial and lifelong education in all areas of industrial automation and integrated mechanical design, covering the product life cycle. The poles encourage the creation of coordinated teaching teams and ensure that acquired materials and software are top of the line.

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About HP

HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, global services, business and home computing, and imaging and printing. For the four fiscal quarters ended July 31, 2005, HP revenue totaled US$85.2 billion. More information about HP (NYSE, Nasdaq: HPQ) is available at

About Dassault Systemes

As world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, the Dassault Systemes group brings value to more than 80,000 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 maintenance. Our offering includes integrated PLM solutions for product development (CATIA(R), DELMIA(R), ENOVIA(R), SMARTEAM(R)), mainstream 3D design tools (SolidWorks(R)), and 3D components (Spatial/ACIS(R)). Dassault Systemes is listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) stock exchanges. For more information,

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